Autumn

Fall begins today. Sigh. NOT my favorite season- it reminds me winter is coming. I still have tomatoes and beans growing- so we have a few more weeks of good weather yet.

Here’s a nice poem from a Pennsylvania poet

Henry Van Dyke (10 November 1852 – 10 April 1933 / Germantown, Pennsylvania)

Autumn in the Garden

When the frosty kiss of Autumn in the dark
Makes its mark
On the flowers, and the misty morning grieves
Over fallen leaves;
Then my olden garden, where the golden soil
Through the toil
Of a hundred years is mellow, rich, and deep,
Whispers in its sleep.

‘Mid the crumpled beds of marigold and phlox,
Where the box
Borders with its glossy green the ancient walks,
There’s a voice that talks
Of the human hopes that bloomed and withered here
Year by year,–
Dreams of joy, that brightened all the labouring hours,
Fading as the flowers.

Yet the whispered story does not deepen grief;
But relief
For the loneliness of sorrow seems to flow
From the Long-Ago,
When I think of other lives that learned, like mine,
To resign,
And remember that the sadness of the fall
Comes alike to all.

What regrets, what longings for the lost were theirs!
And what prayers
For the silent strength that nerves us to endure
Things we cannot cure!
Pacing up and down the garden where they paced,
I have traced
All their well-worn paths of patience, till I find
Comfort in my mind.

Faint and far away their ancient griefs appear:
Yet how near
Is the tender voice, the careworn, kindly face,
Of the human race!
Let us walk together in the garden, dearest heart,
Not apart!
They who know the sorrows other lives have known
Never walk alone.

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Happy equinox to you too!

  2. Gosh darnit, you get color changes which signify season changes. I get brown year round.

    • As beautiful as the color changes sometimes are (some years being better than others) it signifies months on end of cold and white. I would like it a lot better if I lived somewhere more temperate and could stimulate local economies by being a leaf peeper. lol

      • I get not liking the cold. I lived in Tahoe, I know snow and avalanches. I don’t like cold, wet snow. We only get 1 month of cold weather if you call 40s cold.

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