In The Park

Maple tree outside Sogong Underground Shopping Center opposite The Westin Chosun Seoul
Maple tree outside Sogong Underground Shopping Center opposite The Westin Chosun Seoul.

The colours of autumn fascinates me. That is when Mother Nature bursts forth in flames of orange, red, yellow and all hues in between, just before enveloping everything in the blinding white of winter. One day, I want take Wuan to a park awashed in bright fallen leaves of the maple tree. I want to experience together with her autumn in its full splendour.

The closest I came to a maple tree was in downtown Seoul. It stood near one of the entrances to the Sogong Underground Shopping opposite The Westin Chosun Seoul. The season was in transition from summer to autumn. The maple leaves were still fresh green.

I want to soak in the exuberance of autumn with Wuan, listening to the crackling of the dried leaves with each step we take, listening to the wind as it rushes through the forest, shaking leaves off twigs and carrying them aimlessly in its wake. What will autumn smell like? Sweet? Musty? I cannot wait to discover with Wuan the mysteries autumn has to offer.

In The Park

Autumn’s wind
rustling the leaves
stirring up
a golden carpet
of amber and ochre
greeting us
as we walk
hand in hand
in the park.

Circa 2001

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

One thought on “In The Park”

  1. This is so sweet and touching.
    Peter, I have been following your blog for many years now. Sori, didnt leave any comments nor say ‘hi’ previously (yes, kind of rude of me), and have always been shy to do that. But this post, tugs a hamstring in my heart. I love the colors of fall. sitting in my son’s room, looking out the window, i realised the colors of the leaves changing. I have always taken all these for granted.
    I wish you and Wuan joy and happiness always.

    Thank you, Mei, for your kind words. Your front view seat to the changing of seasons must be exhilarating. Wow! I wish the same to you and your family, too. 🙂

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