Sunday, October 23, 2011

Autumn Absurdity

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."

-Nathaniel Hawthorne "Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?"
-Hal Borland
"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
-John Burroughs
"Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow."-Author Unknown


"A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air."-Eric Sloane
"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."-Stanley Horowitz
"The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you
like the leaves of Autumn."-John Muir



"The Sussex lanes were very lovely in the autumn ... spendthrift goldand glory of the year-end ... earth scents and the sky winds and all themagic of the countryside which is ordained for the healing of the soul."-Monica Baldwin
"Listen ...With faint dry sound,Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break free from the trees
And fall."-Adelaide Crapsey
"Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change."- Edwin Teale



"A tangerine and russet cascade
Of kaleidoscopic leaves
Creates a tapestry of autumn magic
Upon the emerald carpet of fading summer."-Judith A. Lindberg
"Ah! the year is slowly dying,
And the wind in tree-top sighing,
Chant his requiem.
Thick and fast the leaves are falling,
High in air wild birds are calling,
Nature's solemn hymn."-Mary Weston Fordham



"silence
seeks the center
of every tree and rock,
that thing we hold closest-
the end of songs"- Michael McClintock



"You can't hide your true colours as you approach the autumn of your life." -Unknown
"How innocent were these Trees, that in Mist-green May, blown by a prospering breeze, Stood garlanded and gay; Who now in sundown glowOf serious colour clad confront me with their showAs though resigned and sad,Trees, who unwhispering stand umber, bronze, gold; Pavilioning the land for one grown tired and old; Elm, chestnut, aspen and pine, I am merged in you, Who tell once more in tones of time, Your foliaged farewell."- Siegfried Sassoon
"It is autumn; not without But within me is the cold. Youth and spring are all about; It is I that have grown old."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



"After the leaves have fallen, we return
To a plain sense of things. It is as if
We had come to an end of the imagination,
Inanimate in an inert savoir." -Wallace Stevens
"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band."- George Cooper
"Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled dreams, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave."-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



"The leaves are falling, falling as from way off,
as though far gardens withered in the skies;
they are falling with denying gestures.
And in the nights the heavy earth is falling
from all the stars down into loneliness.
We all are falling. This hand falls.
And look at others: it is in them all.
And yet there is one who holds this falling
endlessly gently in his hands."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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