Tuesday, 11 August 2009

To Autumn






Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.




Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.




Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, -
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.



I certainly can't improve on the poem, and wouldn;t insult Keats by even trying, but thought I'd show yousome of the mellow fruitfulness that is in the garden. Definitely a tinge of early autumn here, especially the morning light. My very favourite time of year, just as it's tipping over from late summer ot early autumn.

3 comments:

Ali said...

This is my favourite take on Autumn;

"Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower."

by Albert Camus

Ali

Brenda said...

I love that poem, one of my favourites. I also have the quote Ali left in a rubber stamp for card making, I love that too! Wonderful to get them both here in one post!

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