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Poetry Sunday-Gone Are The Days




Gone Are The Days



A nip in the air has hastened the hour

of hardening the soil and death in the bower.

The harvest is done; the cold winds do howl.

Gone are the days of seed and the trowel.



 © Donna Donabella 2012




As November begins, I continue to put the garden to bed cutting back some plants, and leaving others for birds and insects.  I am always amazed at some plants that continue to bloom and grow even in the colder weather.  This year, November has started unseasonably warm.  I hope it continues.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

web collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  


I am joining in another wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 






Special Note:  The pictures here are again from Beaver Lake Nature Center in the Autumn of 2010.




I leave you with a few additional words about the end of the garden season.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

goodbye fall

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. November 8, 2015    

    I hope that November is gentle and brings much needed rest rather than death to the garden.
    Time for it, and you. to rejuvenate.

    • November 14, 2015    

      Thanks Soosie…I couldn’t agree more.

  2. November 8, 2015    

    Hello, Donna!
    Your poem describes late autumn beautifully, but once more it is your photos that impress me. I’m totally in love with your first photo. Such wonderful colours and light!
    Thank you for sharing and have a lovely new week!

    • November 14, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sara for your lovely words and compliments.

  3. November 8, 2015    

    Hopefully you haven’t been singing all summer like the grasshopper but stored your fruit and veg away to last through the winter like the ant in Aesop’s fable.

    • November 14, 2015    

      I wish I grew enough Robin to store for all of winter, but we have some things!

  4. November 8, 2015    

    Wow – this has the gravitas of some ancient rhyme passed through time and working hands…it is warm here too…which is a bit of a weather and time confusion! Wonderful always both joyous in a unique way and thoughtful

    • November 14, 2015    

      Thanks Jae Rose…it is wonderful when words come to us in this way….it felt like a ‘worker of the land’ rhyme that came to me as the season was ending.

  5. November 8, 2015    

    A gorgeous picture coupled with sparkling verse.
    Beautifully rendered 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • November 14, 2015    

      Thanks Sanaa…I love my poem being called sparkling.

  6. November 8, 2015    

    And they will be back before you know it!!!

  7. November 8, 2015    

    it is nature’s way of resting the soil. 🙂
    i must say, you have truly captured the warm colors of the season in the above photo.

    • November 14, 2015    

      I loved the colors in my garden this lovely fall….and yes the soil and gardener both need rest.

  8. November 8, 2015    

    It seems that both of us were thinking a bit along the same lines this morning. Autumn really does inspire these thoughts, doesn’t it?

    • November 14, 2015    

      It does inspire us Mary and I was thinking the same thing….

  9. HA HA
    November 8, 2015    

    Wow. That first line is just so good. Great imagery.

  10. November 8, 2015    

    I shall never think of it as Spring again – it is your season of ‘seed and trowel’ (how about writing a gardening book Donna with this title – you have to so much experience to pass on and you take a mean shot!)

    • November 14, 2015    

      Oh my Laura…I have thought about a few books….perhaps this title would work. And I am so humbled by your praise of my photos.

  11. November 8, 2015    

    A lovely poem.

    • November 14, 2015    

      Thanks Elena…I hope you are feeling better.

  12. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    November 8, 2015    

    Autumn brings all these thoughts, how will winter taste this year…? We seem to have similar thoughts in our head.

    • November 14, 2015    

      We do Bjorn….I am hopeful the predictions will be correct for a bit warmer winter.

  13. November 8, 2015    

    Vivid words and the photo is multidimensional!!

  14. November 8, 2015    

    Wonderfully put.

    We had a heavy frost this morning so I guess winter is on its way.

    • November 14, 2015    

      The frosts are definitely affecting our garden but I still have blooms…amazing fall still, but yes winter is not far off.

  15. November 8, 2015    

    Beautiful words and photos. I remember my gardening years. How I loved gardening!

    • November 14, 2015    

      It is such a wonderful place to stay connected to nature Sherry!

  16. November 8, 2015    

    Your poem describes the changing of season so beautifully. Lovely read 🙂

  17. November 8, 2015    

    November has been gentle so far and I am enjoying a bit of sunshine today. Yes, the seasons change and as the song goes so do I. We all change a bit each day. The cycle of life continues and while I do not like snow it can be very beautiful as it blankets the earth. Wishing you a lovely day.

    • November 14, 2015    

      Wonderfully said…that is why I love the seasons as I watch my life change and grow.

  18. November 8, 2015    

    I always love to come to visit, and hope we will be in your garden…perhaps the season has passed, I hold your garden dear!

    • November 14, 2015    

      Big hugs for such beautiful sweet words…thank you so much! Fall still lingers here with a little whiff of winter today.

  19. November 8, 2015    

    love, love, love the poem!!

  20. November 8, 2015    

    Much has been left for the critters and insects around here. I have a deal with the squirrels in my forest – in a certain area is a stand of hickory trees. I take enough to enjoy the hickory nuts through the winter and leave plenty for them. In return, they don’t drop twigs and nut hulls on my head. It’s taken some time for the truce to take hold, but it words splendidly. We all will rest and gather strength so in the spring, we call all beautifully bloom and bear generous fruit. Loved the cadence and rhyme of ths.

    • November 14, 2015    

      Oh I love your truce with the squirrels…it is essential. i too have a few agreements with the critters. So glad you enjoyed the poem.

  21. November 8, 2015    

    Warm wishes at for season changing. Happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime

    Much love…

  22. November 8, 2015    

    You have me feeling very autumny…a lovely write. Thank you for sharing your garden in prose

    • November 14, 2015    

      You are most welcome and I am happy you enjoyed the post Sara!

  23. November 8, 2015    

    Lovely! Your posts are such a treat … joyful celebrations of the cyclic nature of life!

  24. November 8, 2015    

    Beautiful both words and photo…


  25. Brother Ollie Brother Ollie
    November 9, 2015    

    yes – this is so so true. Never a fan of this transition. Stay warm, and keep writing!

    • November 14, 2015    

      it is a hard transition especially because we are saying goodbye…thank you for your kind words of encouragement. i can always use them.

  26. November 9, 2015    

    Lovely poem!! And wonderful photos, especially the first.

    • November 14, 2015    

      Thank you and your kind words are so appreciated.

  27. November 9, 2015    

    Hello, what a cute poem. I have enjoyed the warmer beginning of this November , I hope it continues too.
    Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • November 14, 2015    

      I am all for autumn having its due and lingering right through December!

  28. November 9, 2015    

    I can’t decide which I like more – the poem or the picture(s). Thank you Donna. Your blog is such a treat.

    • November 14, 2015    

      Myrna your wonderful praise is so appreciated…thank you!

  29. November 9, 2015    

    Your mosaics are very nice this week. We’ve seen a lot of spider webs on our hikes lately but the sun and moisture has to be just right to get good photos. Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

    • November 14, 2015    

      Hugs to you my friend…I love when the light and moisture in the air al align to showcase the work of the spiders!

  30. November 10, 2015    

    Happy Slow Tuesday to you Donna, although I doubt you’d be putting your feet up too much whilst there are things to do in the garden, lovely poem.
    Wren x

    • November 14, 2015    

      You know me too well…still closing things up!

  31. November 10, 2015    

    Time to welcome the winter. But spring will be back again 🙂

    • November 14, 2015    

      I am grateful we are easing into winter this year.

  32. November 11, 2015    

    oh the spider web images are just wonderful

    • November 14, 2015    

      It was such a magical morning when we saw all of them…

  33. November 11, 2015    

    A lovely mini-ballad!

    • November 14, 2015    

      Oh I like that Rosemary! Thank you…

  34. November 21, 2015    

    Simple and beautiful, Donna…and therefore powerful!

    • November 21, 2015    

      I am pleased that you liked the poem Ginnie!

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