Amber – Kindling the Spirit of Autumn

‘ is a poem written to capture the mellow sensual feel of autumn which I love, as the days grow shorter and the air becomes crisper, the leaves start to burnish and there is that distinct shift from summer’s lush green to orange and gold, deep red, amber and bronze.

I am often inspired by a sense of new spirit, new beginnings in autumn, just as much as in spring. Reminiscences of new school years, with all that brings, starting university, possibilities of  newness, learning and loving the freedom of different places and people.

There is the anticipation of autumnal treats, bonfires, spectacular colours, the scents of wood smoke and and sounds of leaves crunching underfoot – and then the excitement as Christmas approaches and winter begins to take hold,  branches bare against the sky, nights by the fire, mulled wine and glowing embers.

‘Secret Garden of the Soul’ Christine Miller




  1. Grand and Mistress-filled (rather than masterful) writing and feeling, uniquely captured. Thank you for sharing the beauty of and in your words, Christine. Love and blessings, Benn

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  4. Lisa, thank you.
    I think re-framing how we normally (whatever normal may be!) respond to and perceive life and its experiences is a great way of finding new energy and courage to keep on keeping on.

    Glad you enjoyed the writing, I certainly enjoyed creating the poem.

  5. How beautiful! And I love how you describe fall as a beginning. I haven’t felt that way in a while, and it’s a good way to frame it. Lovely writing.

  6. So beautiful, thanks for sharing. Isn’t it true that autumn is a time of renewal! You never hear it described this way because plants are going into their dormant phase and it’s the end of summer. But I also get the feeling of new beginnings in the fall. My favorite season, and it’s an ideal one here in Colorado this year!

    • Thank you Suzanne.

      I think Autumn is part of that quieter, deeper, darker growth that is really the essence underpinning development – the time when you have to resist digging up the seeds to see if they are growing.

      And for me it has a richness which does inspire and move me, a beginning indeed. I bet Colorado is stunning right now, hope you enjoy it fully.

  7. Autumn—always my favorite season, and it always seems to give my whole life a burst of fresh energy.


  8. Lovely to read about what Autumn is like! Here in the desert we don’t really get a changing of the leaves. Your piece is transporting!

    • Thank you Yolanda, how wonderful that you find the Autumn poem transporting.
      I didn’t know you live in a desert region – I went to investigate and see you are in Phoenix.

      I think there is something to be said for constancy in the weather, too, recently here we have been hopping from summer warmth to sharp autumn cool – makes wardrobe choices a bit mad at times! Think there is a poem in that, too. 🙂

      I do find the passing of the seasons inspiring, though, and I relish the reminders of renewal and the beauty that they offer.

  9. What beautiful reading, thanks for sharing

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  11. such a nice poem thanks for share with us

  12. Reading ‘Amber’ by Christine Miller transported me to my first visit to the Cotswolds in 2009. I fell in love with the glorious countryside, in Autumnal splendor, left Surrey and promptly moved to enjoy countless Autumns!

    Christine captures the essence of Autumn perfectly.

    • Thanks Alana, I appreciate your comment very much.

      It seems like Autumn is finally arriving now, after the burst of Indian Summer we just experienced here in the UK.

      And I’m sure your Cotswolds are beginning to turn to Autumn Amber now, as well.

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