'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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October 1, 2011

What I'm wishing for, exactly*...




... O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow! ...
from 'October,' by Robert Frost


Beloved poem, favorite month, very un-averse, wishful thinking (so far).  But fall is truly here, even if I can't wear a sweater, and I'm not going to waste it.  Slow, slow! If nothing else, I'm going to buy some pie weights today, and read a lot of Hawthorne tomorrow.  Happy October!

{*the painting is After the Rain, Autumn, Eragnyu (1901), by Camille Pissaro,
found, once again, here}

1 comment:

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

I love the lines referring to releasing a leaf at noon. What a fabulous autumnal poem.

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