Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ankle Deep

celebrating my second birthday
October 20, 1958, Brown County, Indiana

October is my favorite month.  It also happens to be the month of my birth, and maybe that is why
I consider autumn to be my personal spring, my genesis.  The bite of fresh air, vibrant color, the delicious crunch of leaves, breathe life into my stagnate summer spirit.  And isn't it curious, that autumn is a glorious burst of joy and sorrow, just as I happen to be a quirky mix of funny and melancholy?

The summer chapter of my life is winding down, and with the first small steps into autumn, it should be no surprise, that I find myself quite at home here. I'm snuggling in, making myself comfortable, brewing coffee, expecting a season of great passion, creativity, and happiness.






Ankle Deep



Just beyond
the summer kitchen

down the hall
and to the right

past the prints
of children and roses

is a darker, quiet room
ripe with passion

and woodsmoke
where I bloom 

brighter than fire
in wool socks knit

loose from other years
ankle deep in October 



tk/October 2011



78 comments:

  1. Best wishes for your special day may many prezzies come your way!
    Cheers mate!

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  2. october babies are endlessly fascinating.... i count myself among the throng. and the duality of our natures is certainly my favorite aspect.

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  3. oh, I love this one!
    Happy Birthday!!

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  4. Happy Birthday to another October baby....we are a special bunch.

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  5. What a precious picture! Ankle deep in Fall is a delicious sentiment. I'm not surprised that you are an October baby. My birthday is in April but I love Fall the best, too. Cool and mellow and glowing with color.

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  6. I meant to say "ankle deep in October" which flows so beautifully

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  7. Perfect poem to embrace solitude...
    Have a Happy Birthday, Tess!

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  8. Yes Tess, I like to be ankle deep in October as it is the month of my birth too. I love the poem - full of lovely imagery.

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  9. It looks like I'm in excellent company...Happy Birthday, all my fellow Libras!

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  10. I am so with you on this one. Autumn is my favorite time of year and yep, I have a fall birthday, too, November. Makes me wonder if that has something to do with it.

    Hope your birthday is filled with everything autumn!

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  11. May you have the happiness you give to others. Your two year self looks like one with an old soul. I, too, love that "ankle deep in October" line. Reminds me of all the leaves I've plowed through.

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  12. Grandmother, how very observant of you. I've always been an old soul.

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  13. this is one of my fav months as well...the bustle of the leaves as they fall and find their way down the sidewalks and streets, the cool noght air, the layers of sweaters and coats....the cool rain...I find it makes me feel so alive, which is funny since mother is puting earth to bed for awhile.

    LOved the poem as always, and HAPPY BDAY month to you dear,sweet friend :)

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  14. Oh happiest of days Tess! Wishing you all the inspiration and creativity of the autumn. Don't forget ....EAT CAKE!

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  15. Exquisite! I feel it down to my toes stuffed in wool. My mother's birthday was also in bright autumn- loved this time of year- her favorite. Of course you would be an autumn baby- you have that sort of colourful depth.

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  16. Happy Birthday to you! I, too, love October. It is a reflective month. Beautiful poem-love that last line.

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  17. Cheers! Aren't we the lucky recipients of the gift of YOU?

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  18. Now that's a poem that speaks to me! Happy birthday Tess (if it is such), may your coffee be brewed to perfection!

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  19. Thanks everybody...my actual birthday is tomorrow (the 20th)...

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  20. Beautiful poem! I love the idea of gathering up the years to make wool socks :)

    In case I forget - hope you have a fabulous day tomorrow.

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  21. October has always been my favorite month, even though I was born in spring.
    I love the poem. It walks me right into your living room. I hope you have a wonderful birthday full of all things special : )

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  22. Happy Birthday!! Such an adorable photo...set in a true autumn setting! My birthday is in October too and I feel the same way.
    I so like this poem!

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  23. Just came over from Delores at thefeatherednest. What atmosphere you created! I, too, feel like I 'bloom' in the autumn. I will try to keep up with you. Happy B-day!

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  24. I adore Libras, love them actually;
    as you know I married one, and
    as we embark for the ocean to
    celebrate Melva's 8th Annual
    Birthday Bash tomorrow, I will
    be thinking of you on your day.
    Melva stretches her celebrating
    out for several days; nice trick.

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  25. A nicely-paced poem, Tess. It flows very well.

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  26. Dear Tess: Quintessentially Tess! Definitely the symbolic language is coming through in bright "Scarlet is More Red Than Red" autumnal colors. T'is passions color!~~~:)lovely baby picture~~~a natural blonde...I was blonde too at 2 and we do look similar- being the 50's! My sis shares your same year too ..well now I am just bottle blonde! Happy Birthday Tess!!!

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  27. Chicco, I didn't stay blonde very long...and I'm glad...because I rather enjoy being a brunette...

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  28. great photo with the fall leaves in the background. Happy Birthday to you. May this be your best year yet.

    wonderful poem. i feel i am walking down that hall and entering the warm creativity room along with you. may many poems and creative works be yours in the year ahead.

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  29. Couldn't tell if those were tears or smiles on that 2-tear-old face... enjoyed hearing your fine poem in your voice... happy birthday libra-lady...! My Kathy is a libra, we just celebrated her 49th... so have a great birthday Tess, and may there be many more cakes and candles in your future...

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  30. Cute photo!!!! And beautiful beautiful words Tess! I love October too but my birthday month is December and I take all the celebrations personally! ;)
    Happy Birthday month! Blessings to you!

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  31. Rob, that's a smile on my little face...

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  32. Cute little you Tess! Happy birthday to you. A libra is sure-footed. I can see that!

    Hank

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  33. I hope you smile tomorrow too Tess ... do let me know ...

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  34. Mr. Stainforth, I'll be most happy to let you know...

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  35. Scarlet is more red than red ... I like that Tess ... you have such a way with words ...

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  36. Fellow October Lass....ok, I will celebrate your birthday a day early...(but I will be back tomorrow too....just cos' that's me)..

    I am not even sure how we *met*...I think it was through our dear Suki.... but one thing I DO know is that meeting you has been so rewarding....we three are October Girls...you and Suki, Libras and me, a Scorpio...but what inspires and enriches are lives are so similiar...

    I have been fortunate enough to meet a few of my blogging friends in person....I hope one day, we will meet!

    So....early Birthday Wishes to an exceptional woman...full of poetry, of prose, of humour....someone who treasures the past but looks ahead with joy to the future..

    Much Love from your friend in San Francisco,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  37. Ankle deep in October sounds good to me. My special month is November, when I'll be nosing ahead of you in the autumn chapter.

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  38. Happy Birthday. Love the poem written and audio

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  39. Thank you, so much dear peeps...you've already made my birthday extra special...<3

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  40. In honor of your birthday, I read your book of poems again.

    But I love this October one, too. Happy birthday MONTH.

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  41. Thanks, Michael and Hanne...actually it's number 55...but shh...don't tell...

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  42. Happy, happy birthday Tess! Autumn is my favorite time of year also. Like you I celebrate my birthday in fall (November) and it's the last hurrah before winter sets in. I hope you have a wonderful day, week, month, year!

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  43. happy happy birthday!! enjoy ...

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  44. Happy Birthday Tess! Have a great day; I love the adorable picture of you.

    My husband is a Libra, 10/17 and I'm a Scorpio, 11/2. Fall is my favorite season.

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  45. You were always a beauty by what I see. I hope you enjoy this season of your birth and your life. The best is here now, in this moment. Enjoy those leaves and that air.

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  46. What a sweet cutie you are! Happy Birthday, dear Willow. May your year ahead be filled with peace, love and good health.

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  47. And wooly sox... don't forget the wooly sox :)

    Happy Birthday Tess.

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  48. It's the 20th here dear Tess, so I can officially send the happiest of birthday wishes to you! We were born in the same year, but I'm a January baby, born in the middle of a sizzling hot Australian summer. And I'm happiest on those days when the mercury hits the 110F. mark & sears the back of your throat as you inhale! Hope WT has some lovely birthday surprises for you.
    Millie xx

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  49. Happy Birthday Tess! Have a wonderful autumn day.

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  50. October brings out the best in everyone. Love the way it ends (the poem, not the month).

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  51. Lovely, lovely poem. Thank you.
    Happy Birthday, Tess!

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  52. yea, fall is in the air - late at night when the backyard fires are blazing and you can smell the burning wood; and on the ground, obviously. Happy Birthday!

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  53. Happy birthday dear friend. I for one look forward to another season of creativity from your talented pen.

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  54. You have such a fan club - fun club - dear Tess. And may your 'winding down years' be ever MORE golden! Have a fun day.... HUGS

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  55. Hello Tess:
    What a deliciously mellow post to have discovered you through. Rather like clearing away the autumn leaves and discovering a treasure trove of late, late summer jewels underneath.

    And, what a beautifully evocative poem to accompany your delightful photograph.Reminiscent of past childhoods, past seasons and the cossetting comforts of home and woolly socks.

    We have signed ourselves as Followers without a second thought. Our only wish is that we had discovered you sooner. Happy Birthday!!

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  56. Very cool! I am an October girl too and I totally relate.

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  57. Happy birthday Tess.
    here's to brisk breezes and tittilating dips on the thermometer.
    Vibrancy and passion with a cognac by the wood stove.
    rel

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  58. Lovely read. Happy Happy! Thank you for the post!

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  59. Lovely read. Happy Happy! Thank you for the post!

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  60. Came back to give you a Birthday Virtual -HUG-...Cheers mate! Have a great day!

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  61. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Love you! Have a great day! :) Enjoy hearing you read your own poetry... I like to hear you read it yourself because you know what message you are conveying...you're the best! xoxo
    Unks

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  62. Many Happy Returns my Sweet Friend!

    For all that you pour out, for all that you share, for all your wit, whimsy and wiseness... thank you. Meeting you was a silver lining... and you continue to be a shining thread in my life.

    Love always,
    Suzanne xx

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  63. Lovely poem, and such a sweet image of a newly fledged Tess. hope it was a special birthday for you, Tess!

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  64. First of all, felicitations on your 'birthday' ... second, I so like this poem of yours ... felt like I was floating out of your kitchen and through your house to that warm study with the cozy fire ... nice, Tess, very nice.

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  65. Dearest peeps, thank you for all the warm and lovely birthday wishes! I'm enjoying an extra wonderful day because of you, dear friends. Welcome to the new visitors to Willow Manor, as well! <3

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  66. I like autumn too. I am a September baby, and I always find it a time of hope. Lovely post and poem.
    Wordsmith x

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  67. Hope you are having a grand day! Wishing you many happy returns!
    Warm hugs & warm woolly socks!
    The temps here tonight will be in the high 30's! Wow!!

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  68. There is deep joy in this birthday post. It's beautiful, and the autumn suits you very well. Bloom on.

    Happy Birthday, Tess!

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  69. Hope this has been a fine birthday for you, my Far-Away Friend. I am positive you don't look any older, because you never do.

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  70. This is glorious Tess.....I do hope that you have a wonderful Birthday to go with this wonderful season....and it is bittersweet time of year...:-)

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  71. Thank you, again, dear friends...I had a most lovely birthday...you are the best!

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  72. I am an autumn baby too and love thinking of it as my personal spring.

    That is an adorable picture!

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  73. Dear Tess,
    you may celebrate a very long late summer season, filled with the golden light of a gentle sun, warming your heart and spirit and giving you every now and then a blessedly cool night, just cool enough to have an excuse to put on your favorite woolly socks!
    Much love,
    Merisi

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