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Fall is Coming (In Memorium: Berta Kirchhoff) October 8, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings.

One of NOTA’s founding members died a month ago today. She was a Spanish translator and teacher as well as a poet. She left behind a grieving husband and two grieving sons. In honor of her passing, I would like to share her poem ‘Fall is Coming,’ which was read at her funeral and printed along with three other poems as a handout. She was a really sweet woman and always tried to attend our events despite her failing health. She had recently written to tell me she was retiring from the group to devote her time to her family. Berta, you will be missed.

Photo from the Wikipedia Commons
Photo from the Wikipedia Commons

Fall is Coming

Early this morning while walking to church
I found myself stepping
like a child on the few dry
leaves on the ground and making them crack.

Of all seasons fall is my favorite;
the sky is the bluest,
the air the clearest,
and the clouds have
not a silver but a gold lining.

The acorns are falling
on my neighbor’s roof
I can hear in the early morning
the singing of the birds, the chickadee calling
her mate for breakfast,
the tapping of the woodpeckers,
and the rispid cry of some big black birds.

The trees are changing, it will be an early Indian
summer, say the experts.
I don’t know if it was El Niño or La Niña
or the Holy Family, but one thing I know for sure is that
fall is coming.


1. Werner Kirchhoff - November 14, 2011

Thank you for this post – what a nice picture. I am one of Berta’s sons. Tomorrow would have been her 75th birthday. Thanks again for this memorium posting. God bless you and take care.

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