How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
~Elsie N. Brady
Pat. Pat, pat. Pat, pat, pat. Pat. Pat, pat. Pat. Pat, pat, pat. “Listen to the falling rain; listen to it fall.” A remembered lyric from an old José Feliciano song ran through my mind. But wait, I didn’t feel anything wet and the afternoon sun was shining in a cloudless sky. So if it wasn’t rain, what on earth had I heard behind me. As I turned to investigate, I saw that it was indeed raining, but not in the way I expected. November’s gusting winds were letting loose hundreds of colored leaves from their woody perches. The ones not already brought down by the rains of recent days were not tumbling down silently as Brady suggests; they were pelting the shed, the greenhouse, the birdbaths, and the ground so forcefully that they sounded like huge raindrops. So it was pouring all right; it was raining leaf after leaf after leaf, pretty autumn tinted leaves, and the air in which they were dancing was made gold and red and ripe.
For You make me glad by Your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what Your hands have done. ~Psalm 92:4 ✝