For those who haven’t read about the challenge, here is the link to the post with details –
Season’s favorite challenge.

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To be honest, I don’t find anything favorite about Autumn. So, this post will be more about what reminds me that my favorite season Summer is gone and the day is not that long anymore, the leaves … they fight for few more days of life and eventually fall, dry and ugly brown. It’s a whole procedure and ritual to get used to Autumn, to convince my body, spirit and soul that there will be few months without hot, starry nights and usually I manage at around mid-Winter, which is a success, believe me … Here in Greece we don’t really have Autumn, but I’ve spent enough Autumn seasons in Bulgaria.

"Autumn in Rodopi- mountains, Bulgaria"

– Word –

Evanescence The act or state of vanishing away; disappearance; as, the evanescence of vapor, of a dream, of earthly plants or hopes.

– Quote –

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand.  I think, I too, have known autumn too long.  ~ e.e. cummings

– Poem –


by Blaga Todorova

they come,
when the dust crawls
on street corners,
when you need help
to inhale the ashes
left after demons fight.
kindness offered,
breaths undercover
making you a better man
a woman,
barely in charge, addicted
you accept them

they hold you,
when tears betray you
to let you know
there’s this salty taste of life.
no proof of sound to register
the beauty of arms around you.
in and out, up and down
the value of a friendly hand
matters in each second,
in moments when you realize
you can’t have
the whole pot of ice-cream alone.

they go eventually,
with a promise to return
but only in your deep sleep,
leaving empty
the guest’s cup of coffee
grounded on a shelf with bitter herbs.
they come and go
like trains in opposite directions,
like seasons changing the shade of the day
leaving you constantly sitting
on a cold bench at faraway metro station

They come and always go …

– Book –

“The Kite runner” – a novel by Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 and adapted into a film of the same name in 2007. It’s a story of  a young boy – Amir – from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who befriends Hassan, the son of his father’s Hazara servant. The story is set of events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

– Song –

Miro – Ubivai me s lubov/ Kill me with love/ – the video above.

Lyrics translated to English:

You always look at me,
you constantly follow me,
you want me helpless,
you shoot mercilessly,
with every word, with every touch
you’re hurting me with roses
and their thorns and I bleed.

I’m not afraid from your arrows, love,
I’m not lost in a sin, I’m ready for you.
Without happiness I can survive,
but not without you and I won’t
notice even if you kill me with love.

Day after day, you want less from me,
the time flies by and I feel sad,
with every word with every touch
I’m hurting you  and the roses still
have thorns, but that’s their defense
against you, love …

– Movie –

“Amadeus”- The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by Antonio Salieri – confined to an insane asylum. No matter how many times I see this movie, the music and the play always keep me still on the couch from the beginning to the end.

– Town –

Autumn reminds me of my home town in Bulgaria, the season there is very vividly shown with all signs, but usually at this time of year I feel like having a little escape to Egypt/ Hurghada/, faraway from Fall’s emotions …

– Animal –


– Flower –


– Food –

Green beans and potato casserole

– Image –

"Magic Autumn" by Paolo Frotti on


“for we’re just like autumn leaves,
I close my eyes and I see you smiling,
not so faraway, yet not close enough.
The leaves keep twirling, until
we too, find ourselves lost.”

~ Sonam Mandal


Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge and to the rest of you that will just read! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 16- July 23/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining! If you wish to see how the first part of the challenge was, click on Spring’s favorite, Summer’s favorite.

Stay tuned for the next post on July the 23thWinter’s favorite.


© 2011  Broken Sparkles


31 Responses to “Autumn”

  1. booguloo Says:

    This poem resonates within my being. Thanks for sharing this! For me the last stanza especially stood out among the three.

  2. siggiofmaine Says:

    First, before I forget…the photo you posted of fall in Bulgaria is AWESOME and beautiful.
    The only places I have experienced fall other than Maine and the midwest are Japan, Puerto Rico and Florida. Your photo reminds me that each area of the world has a uniqueness to it in each season of the year.
    I am enjoying reading the responses to the challenge. I could not come up with many of the categories myself reminding me I need to expand my horizons or pay attention more to what warms my heart and soul.
    Thank you for sharing this interesting challenge.

    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Oh, lucky you! Japan and Puerto Rico, I so wish to visit them and to tell you the truth it doesn’t matter what kind of season will be, as long as I’m there! Thank you very much for the nice comment! And I’m glad that read the challenge!

  3. Jamie Dedes Says:

    This is like opening a box of fine chocolates. Completely charming and engaging. Thanks for the intro to another new artist and for re-posting “People,” which as you know is a fave of mine. Wonderful illustrations and the e.e. cummings quote … how good is that?! “Amadeus” and “The Kite Runner” … perfect choices. Both worth our time and time again.

    Thanks you for this, Blaga! May you have many delights to offset your dislike of autumn.

  4. liv2write2day Says:

    Here’s mine at last. I won’t be able to visit till this evening or tomorrow. Looking forwad to reading them all. Victoria

  5. Cherlyn Says:

    It’s funny that you’re favourite season is my least favourite, and that you dislike autumn so much and it’s my favourite lol. It’s nice to learn so much from these challenges :). I adore the film Amadeus, the music is enchanting, Mozart never gets old with me. A great compilation! Here’s mine:

  6. Jamie Dedes Says:

    My autumn post for Seasons’ Favorite Challenge is up. Phew!

    Great fun! Thanks again, Blaga!

  7. eclipseofthemoon Says:

    A very charming poem here Blaga…
    The image is stunning, the choice of quote, movie and words are as I would choose myself.
    Autumn is not my fav season yet there are some dear memories within :)
    …so I guess I’ll be back with something..

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Ah, someone is with me here with not so favorite Autumn season! Thanks Sanna! I’d love to see your thoughts on Fall whenever you come up with something! I still savor the taste of your Jasmine- summer poem- certainly favorite! Thanks!

  8. liv2write2day Says:

    As I read your entry, Blaga, I have a profound sense that this season represents loss to you, and aptly so. For me it is a reminder of my aging, of the joys and love I’ve known and lost. At the same time, it is a season of sensory delight–smell, taste, colors. I guess because I’m in the autumn of my life I’m especially tuned in to Autumn and it is becoming one of my favorites. Bulgaria is truly full of beauty.

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      You are very right Victoria, even Winter is a better accepted by me than Autumn … I don’t know why, maybe there is a reason logical enough hidden, but I guess I don’t want to dig up deep enough to find out! Thanks for sharing your Autumn with us and appreciating the rest of the posts! Blessings!

  9. Jingle Poetry Says:

    magical season, well captured.

  10. dragonkatet Says:

    Wow, Blaga! The images you used are breath-taking! How can you not like a season which gives such vivid colors like that? ;) I’m teasing – I know you don’t like Autumn, but you managed to come up with some pretty wonderful choices, even so. Thanks so much for sharing and thank you suggesting this challenge! I am having loads of fun reading everyone else’s favorites! :)

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      I’m glad you’re having fun Corina! I must say, your excitement about Autumn certainly got to me, reading your post made me almost loving it :) Thanks for being here, it means a lot! Always!

  11. siubhan Says:

    I have to say autumn is probably my favorite season. Your post makes me want to see it in Bulgaria, though! And the poem has a lot of great sensory images to it; nice write! :)

  12. mish Says:

    Your post is so informative … and I really enjoyed your poetry . Down under , we have beautiful weather during autumn . Anyway , I decided to participate in the challenge and am glad I did so !
    My autumn post is up and I have to thank you for such an awesome challenge ! I had loads of fun creating this post !
    You can find it at :
    I look forward to visiting the other participants to see their contributions !

  13. Jaan Pehchaan Says:

    I watched Kite Runner a few months back.
    It is a scary world out there!

  14. Leo Says:

    I love the book a lot, Kite Runner. Read it like three or four times, and I don’t usually read over and over. (HP exception). :)

    Guess who’s here, late as usual ;) :)

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