Sauin Flowers

Hamamelis virginiana (common witch-hazel) is native westward to central Iowa and when we find it by saunter or sometimes in gardens the late-season blooms announce the ancient observance of Samhain (or Sauin) — the midway point between the equinox and winter Solstice.

Autumn Yawns of Sauin (Prose-poem on a log by Jack Phillips)*

One might see the world as shrunk and slowed with summer fires gone cold might fail to see our spinning orb is spun of sugar and blood (the pump and beat of our being) and of this we are reminded when lichens brighten fungi flex and wave buckbrush fermenting just now the witch-hazel blooming shad-blow in waiting and slower oaks turning delight sparrows and juncos the robins in passing a woodpecker fracas, when the wheel of the heavens pulls tissue sweet sinew the eyelid of Sauin floods yawning autumn with blood-shot light.

Photos credits: witch-hazel flowers by Emily Hergenrader; Sauin Saunter by Robert Smith.

*Becoming a Naturalist, Part 60.