October 21 2011
Suddenly, the trees have put on party clothes!
We’re celebrating as the growing season ebbs away.
God’s like that, filled with joy and merriment,
Reveling with us and with the other godlike avatars –
With Zeus and Helen, Sulis and Andraste, Vishnu and Ganesh,
Spirits, deities, and goddesses.
When autumn blue skies reign and rainstorms blow,
We all drink fete and taste of jubilation.
We join God’s gala carnival
Before we slumber through the winter night
Cocooned and warm, waiting all around the hearth for spring to dawn.
I’ve always wondered why fall feels so festive, when it marks the end of growing and expanding, presaging muted winter rest. Thinking of it as a riot of not only color but partying – as God celebrating a successful year of world survival with all the allies of the divine in flesh or spirit – that makes sense, in a strange way. It’s at least fun to imagine such a party, knowing that Spirit wishes happiness for us in this life.