My Favorite Wild Poet – Chris Heeter – Saying Goodbye to Fall



This fall season arrived with bountiful sun and rain.
A blend that promises the extended version
of high definition fall foliage.
And so it is that I step outside to a day that is yellow.
Yes, yellow.
The color permeates everything:
the scent, the feel,
even the taste of the air is gloriously yellow,
with hints of red and gold
and a finish of russet oak leaves.

This is the season where the land
dresses in her finest earth tones.
A season where change is on display
reminding us of its beauty
even as we bid a fond farewell to shades of green.

Yes, change is a good thing.
We know this, even as we occasionally
offer a tug of resistance.

So today, if you are lucky enough
to be near trees releasing their autumn leaves,
let their swirling descent
and rich hues entice you
to likewise find grace in letting go,
reminding you that holding on
isn’t always what is called for
in the pulse of our wild imaginings.

Chris Heeter

CONTACT DETAILS – Be sure to check out Chris’s website The Wild Institue where this poem is found and information about her wilderness trips and lecture topics.

1835 Meadowview Road
Bloomington Minnesota,


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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2 Responses to My Favorite Wild Poet – Chris Heeter – Saying Goodbye to Fall

  1. That poem so beautifully expresses the sights and mood of autumn. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Thanks, Barbara. If you go to Chris’s site she has more of her poetry, which you will enjoy too. Thank you for keeping me company in reading this blog post. I am thankful on this Sunday Thanksgiving weekend for readers like YOU.

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