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Portland Pearl of the Pacific Northwest

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Portland's Man In Pioneer Square With Umbrella

There’s something autumnal

In the air today, some scent

That wasn’t there yesterday.

The trees are beginning to

Show their true colors, as

Children return to their

Classrooms, clad in their

Own bright, fall hues.

It grew light later today, and

Will grow dark earlier tonight.

The sun will go wherever the

Sun goes in these autumn and

Winter months, taking with it

The warmth and the long dry

Days, and the rainy season

Will get under way. Umbrellas

Will open like flowers to the rain

And all true Portlanders will come

Home, like so many birds, to

Their evening roosts again.

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Author: Melody J Haislip

I'm either a transplanted East Coaster or a born again West Coaster. My heart kept pulling me toward Oregon, and when I followed it I found my dream, which I am living daily. My dream of becoming a writer has come true as well. I am in the company of people who speak my language, and the sense of community is healing hurts I didn't know were there. I am very grateful for my enormous good fortune.

12 thoughts on “Portland Pearl of the Pacific Northwest

  1. Yesterday, snow fell on the Rocky Mountain peaks above 11,000 feet. The snow covered peaks are visible from Aurora and Denver. It is a beautiful sight. Some of the aspens are beginning to turn to their fall colors of yellow, orange, and gold. I am planning a trip to the mountains this weekend to take pictures and enjoy the beginning of fall. Later this month a two day trip to the southern mountains to catch the color there on roads less traveled. So your poem was perfectly timed to announce the coming of AUTUMN.

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    • Dear Frank,
      (I am not envious) It’s so nice to hear from you. Your trip (I’m not envious) sounds wonderful. I was in Snowmass in July some years back (I am Not envious) and remember wondering if it could be any more beautiful (I swear I’m not envious). But it probably (all right, maybe just a Little envious) is even more beautiful in the Fall (I’m in the box with the air holes and I don’t eat much). Have a wonderful time! Take lots of pictures (I do windows)!

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  2. Loved your poem for my favorite season. Autumn rouses so many emotions in me once the leaves get brilliant and swirl with the wind . . . and bring back memories of my beloved Dad.
    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. Your writing is super!
    Joanne

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    • Joanne, thank you! Looking back through my poetry, there are quite a few in honor of this most colorful of all seasons. Perhaps (since I am in shameless self-promotion mode) the next time you’re in the neighborhood you might check out my brand new writing/editing blog. Yesterday was it’s maiden voyage. http://myeditormelody.wordpress.com/

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  3. What a lovely post! Sounds like Sweden to me. 😉 Although the weather people say we are about to get a little heat wave here next week. So hopefully I will not have to open my umbrella then. But I do love fall and all these amazing colors! It is indeed the season that show off nature at its best. Stunning!

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    • Hello, there! I don’t think Summer is quite through with us here either. After some cooler weather, we’ve had to turn the a/c back on the last two days. Most of the year here you don’t need it. Real Portlanders don’t mind the rain. 🙂

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  4. autumn is my favourite season it seems so close to heart and reveals the real world inside me

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    • I love autumn the best. I love the fresh, crisp air, and the way the leaves change color. Today it’s warm here, with a chilly little breeze now and then, just like it’s supposed to be! Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. A nice feeling here, Melody, of fullness, of the cyclic and coming full circle. I like it!

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    • Lynda, thank you. I seem to feel closer to Nature and the cyclic here in this beautiful place. Right now I’m listening to the hush of the cars’ tires as they drive the rainy streets, and it’s poetry to my ears.

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  6. I would like to learn how to draw with words like you Melody, Great one 🙂

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