Settling into the quietness of longer evenings,
The long shadows of Fall and Winter.
Life is both muted and enhanced by silence.
In the quiet, gestures are noticed more,
the glances are watched more acutely.
Nesting brings intimacy desired or not.
Our close proximity brings scents closer to each other
stirring pheromones.
Passions are enlivened – both positive and negative.
And so the desire arises to hibernate alone,
away from the intimacy
to a protected and private sphere
in which we can recharge, ruminate
restore ourselves
to ourselves
so that we may emerge anew in the spring.