Autumn Sky

After a nighttime rain, the sky cleared leaving a lovely mist and unmistakable autumn light, leaves just starting to turn, a crispness and brittleness in all the plants.

The cats, Asa and I go outside, treading on the wet grass, smelling the autumn scents, gazing into the deep blue sky, watching birds on the wire and the waning moon hanging in the Western sky. Water droplets hang from the bittersweet berries, making even that

Asa crawls around as I sing the blessings and then asks to be up in my arms for the last several. We stand together gazing west at the moon and the trees and the river beyond. Asa's arm oustretched pointing at the birds and maybe too the moon, bringing into sharp focus the wonder of this beautiful morning.

Baruch atah adonai eloheinu chey ha-olamim oter yisrael betifarah. Blessed are You, the Beautiful, Our God, Life of All the Worlds, who crowns Israel with splendor.

Blessed are You, the Creator, Our God, Life of All the Worlds, who fills us with wonder.