Nature Inspired: To Autumn

As summer fades to autumn — my feet, mind, heart & pen have been inspired by nature’s beauty. Here are some of the photos I’ve taken on walks, stopping to capture quiet moments in the sunlight.



While I have written short poems for some, I don’t feel the need for words with all of them or to share them in this post. Sometimes, it is enough just to look and listen, experiencing the moment in feelings rather than words.


img_1987I hope you enjoy my moments, and that you also find time in your autumn days to soak in nature’s magnificence.



Listen to John Keats’ To Autumn — written in September of 1819, it moves through the season from warmth to cold, blossoming to dying. His poem speaks of the beauty in nature’s cycle, and in life.

Copyright Stacie Eirich September 29, 2017 

Originally posted October 2, 2016

Dreaming in Birdsong: Haiku

Poets have often been inspired by birds. Their soaring flight & lyrical songs, their images symbols of freedom & hope. Their beauty in many different colours, the intricate creations of their nests. I’ve written before of singing birds – the nightingale, the lark. How songs of birds shaped me, caused me to wonder and notice the air around & within me.

Now I wonder: Could I write a poem of one single bird, one single breath of time in its life and my own? I see and hear it as a haiku, spoken or sung aloud. A poem set to music for one particular voice, one experience that is both natural and dream-like, connected yet separate.

Dreaming in Birdsong: Haiku

Morning Song

Golden feathers burst

in morning song, G-major

bright tones dazzling, true

Western Meadowlark

Lark spreads speckled wings

gliding across calm water

hope filling dawn air

Green finch and linnet

Afternoon Song

Green feathers humming

delights in sun-dappled trees

shimmering wings soar

Thrush nightingale

Night Song

Blue dream-song floating

in moonlit branch, E-minor

haunting melodies

Copyright 8/25/17 Stacie Eirich 

Originally posted  8/3/16 

Listen to my recordings of these poems read aloud at the Soundcloud link above.

You can also read more on birdsongs, voices and spaces in a post I wrote at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads on 8/4/16. Click the link below to check it out.

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream, reading, and listening.