Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Autumn Thoughts

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
- Albert Camus

It doesn't seem to me that there are as many oak trees as there were when I was a child.

In my memory, they shade every sidewalk.

Walking to school in the fall was prettier and way more fun than walking politely past rose gardens in spring.

"You can't hide your true colours as you approach the autumn of your life."

If only my soul looked like this! 

Or my hair.


"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the
landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.
Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."

- Andrew Wyeth

Americans like the painter Andrew Wyeth, may feel reassured that something lies beneath the autumn path, some hope of spring.

In January, Canadians, who have a million miles of tundra hugging their backsides, aren't so sure.

"Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses
scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone
and the days grow cold."

- A Children's Song of the 1880's

They surely do.
So buckle your seat belts eveybody, we're sliding into November!



Monika said...

These visual and poetic affirmations of Autumn... are
both simply beautiful, complexly profound. Thank you.

The Episcopagan said...

Thanks Monika. 'Glad you liked it' sounds trite after such a lovely commnent, but I am glad!

Monika said...

Along the same line coincidentaly, soul sister, l came across a website that has the most heavenly Autumn (in England) photographs - you must check out sometime. I was shopping for a pair of cashmere socks (online) for Mrs. Livingston's 90th birthday coming up in November -- and one site, of course, led to another, and another, and another. BTW - l did find the pink cashmere socks at Woods of Shropshire in Dorset - they arrived yesterday -- also heavenly.


The Episcopagan said...

Pink cashmere socks! They do sound heavenly. Great present for a 90th! I checked out the
website - spectacular. I hope anyone else who happens by checks it out too.

Doug Jamieson said...

I agree with you about oak trees. They do seem harder to find these days. When we moved into a new (for us) house a few years ago, I was pleased to find an oak flourishing outside the kitchen window. Its leaves are now crimson, quite a show.

The Episcopagan said...

An oak outside of your kitchen window! How lovely!