Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My annual ode to Fall

I love this poem, and not only because is perfectly captures Fall.  I love it because my Grandma Gie had it memorized, and taught it to me.  I love it because it's one of my Aunt Mary's favorites.  I love it because it reminds me of my Mom and Dad.  I post it every Fall, for them.

    O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,
        And flowers of June together,
    Ye cannot rival for one hour
        October's bright blue weather;

    When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
        Belated, thriftless vagrant,
    And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
        And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

    When Gentians roll their fringes tight
        To save them for the morning,
    And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
        Without a sound of warning;

    When on the ground red apples lie
        In piles like jewels shining,
    And redder still on old stone walls
        Are leaves of woodbine twining;

    When all the lovely wayside things
        Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
    And in the fields, still green and fair,
        Late aftermaths are growing;

    When springs run low, and on the brooks,
        In idle golden freighting,
    Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
        Of woods, for winter waiting;

    When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
        By twos and twos together,
    And count like misers, hour by hour,
        October's bright blue weather.

    O suns and skies and flowers of June,
        Count all your boasts together,
    Love loveth best of all the year
        October's bright blue weather.

Helen Hunt Jackson

5 comments:

Churlita said...

Beautiful poem. It's perfect for this week when the weather is so nice and it's hard not to get excited about Fall.

SkylersDad said...

That is really great and I am going to steal it!

Jen said...

Sweetie - You're from MN too!! So cool. And I love this poem. Don't you just love fall here in MN??

Oh, and you just have to go to LOCATION CENTRAL and put in your MN info. I think MN has about 6 or 7 bloggers already listed. Go put in your location!
www.locationcentral.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Oh, and GO TWINS!!! :-)

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