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Things I Saw On The Way to the Mailbox (Photo essay)


Things I Saw On The Way to the Mailbox (Photo essay)…

A radiant beauty stared at

the lovers

and those who wished they were.

Friends comforted each other, holding hands when necessary.

The old and weary rested

near the young.

The teenagers hung out and made bad decisions;

the mother and father loved their child forever.

The yellow mums gave up the ghost while

the snowcap hydrangeas dreamed of immortality.

I was reminded: You can’t take it with you.

And thought: We better love while we can.

(Autumn inspires these thoughts when you’re going to get the mail and you have your iphone handy.)

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Note: all leaves and flowers plus the dime photographed exactly as found.


  1. Beautiful thoughts for life!

  2. Beautiful ! Thank you.

  3. Lovely thoughts and photos!

  4. This post is definitely in the top five. Loved it! Thank you for sharing.

  5. This is such visual poetry, and is quite beautiful and poignant. You brought tears to my eyes by the end. Thank you for the reminder of the beauty that is right at our feet.

  6. This is so creative, I love it!!

  7. I am in awe of the simple thoughts that you relate here. This is why you are a writer and I am not. Luckily, I can enjoy and appreciate it — and I am thankful for that.

  8. I loved this! It’s funny — when Bacon lands in my email box, I get the first few lines of text. Today, I assumed the post was a poem. What a delight to discover this sweet and clever photo essay.

  9. Thank you…..

  10. Brilliant and charming. Thank you for creating and sharing.

  11. Beautiful thoughts and pictures! Thank you!

  12. Thank you for all your sharing, you really make a difference

  13. Love this. Thank you Jennifer!

  14. For the love of leaves! Thank you for this beautiful and heartfelt piece.

  15. You have captured autumn in such a lovely way! Thank you for this reflection of beauty and life and our impending hibernation!

  16. Jennifer, please publish this in a little book – what a gift it would be share. You are a gifted creative writer!

  17. Bravo, Jennifer!

  18. Yes – Let’s love while we can! Your fall thoughts are a gift! xoxo

  19. This is delightful. I love your creativity!

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