zaterdag 31 oktober 2015

secret and silent

is the pearl-grey month.
the changeling between
warm crimson October
ad cold white December.
the month
when the leaves fall in slow 
drifting whirls
and the shapes of the trees
are revealed 
when the earth 
imperceptibly wakes
and stretches her bare limbs 
and displays
her stubborn unconquerable strength
before she settles uneasily 
into winter.
is secret and silent 

Alison Uttley


I always assumed I love 
N O V E M B E R 
so much because I was born
in november .
The month of my birthday .
I LOVE birthdays .

the season of rain and being indoors
and tea and lots of books .
I was a reading girl 
and my birthday always brougth me
new books 
I LOVE books .
I love the way they "feel"
the smell of the paper 
the structure of the paper 
the lay-out
all of it 
above all
the magic
of disappearing
in the story
the not wanting to stop reading ......
as a child I was allowed to read one chapter
before sleep !
and than the ligth had to go out !
In school we were allowed
to take one book a week ..
Loved that too 
to be able to choose 
for myself 
for free....
At a schoolreunion a few years ago
I heard for the first time
most kids from my class
were NOT allowed to read at home.
they had to help and work .
Reading was waste of time .
that was in the fifties

 one of the advantages
of growing older is
to understand my life
more and more .

By being a grandmother
it's like I got an overview
of how wonderful life is .

a new birthday
I love it 

sweet november to all of you 

4 opmerkingen:

  1. November was my favorite month as a child because, like you, it is the month of my birthday.

    We were encouraged to read. My mother took us weekly to the library for our stack of books.

  2. Precious Francis! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HOW ARE YOU? Yes my friend, I love books too, and the words that grace each page are magical to me. Each word, letter and sound has always intrigued me since I was little, and even MORE as an adult. Do you ever feel you are getting younger? I DO....but in the mind, of course! May your journey of life take you deeper and deeper into that inner child that never dies. BLESS YOU FRANCIS!

  3. Happy Birthday, dear Francis. It's nice that you read so much when you were a child, and talked about the magic of reading. Do you know that Nel is such a book lover, and she has a study with wall to wall books at her fingertips? I haven't read a good book in so long, and it's time that I do.

    Happy November, Francis.

    love, ~Sheri

  4. How sweet those words are...I also love November, the month of my mother's, brother's and nephew's birthday! So may all those festivities are the happiest ones Francis!
    Have a glorious weekend