— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, 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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