Thursday, 26 September 2013

Season of mists

I love Autumn. I think it's my favourite season. Walking in the woods looking for conkers and acorns with the boys. Collecting different coloured leaves to make pictures. The crispness in the air. Fires being lit, central heating being turnned on. Lovely.

Ode To Autumn
 

1.
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.

2.
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.

3.
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.


2 comments:

Nanna Chel said...

Just a quick hello from the very hot and dry Outback here in Australia. You weather sounds just lovely to me at the moment. Enjoy!

Elablue said...

Oh dear - are you wilting in the heat? I'll swap with you for a couple of days if you like lol. We actually had 20 degrees the other day and lovely sunshine. So changeable this Northern Irish weather!! Enjoy your precious time with your family.