In Celebration of National Poetry Day, we are sharing a timely poem from Alexander McCall Smith’s collection In A Time of Distance. ‘Autumn’ muses on this season of change and migration, and the opportunities it brings for some deeper self-reflection.
Autumn Look, the migrating birds Are leaving us, small souls That brave three thousand miles To Africa, to warmth; They populate the sky, They take the last Attributes of summer; They are gone, and now The winds will have them, Their journey starts In the knowledge that this, Like the seasons, has to be. Autumn is a time of reflection; Of the making of lists, Of books to be read now That the nights are drawing in; Of letters to be written, Friends to be remembered, The things they said To be thought about further. Perhaps, in short, to think About what it is that makes This life so precious Of what it is that breaks the heart.