Friday, February 28, 2014

Autumn is my favorite season and its the first day of Autumn here in Australia.

When I look at the beautiful trees here in the Southern Highlands of Australia, I always think of Keats and his ode To Autumn:


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.


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.


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;


Jeanne M said...

Hi Maggie!

I love the Autumn season as well and the leaves changing color never fail each year to amaze me!

Unfortunately it's winter here now and I must admit I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of shoveling snow! Another 8 inches coming tomorrow and I am again longing for the beauty of the fall leaves!

Nana Prah said...

Autumn is beautiful. Too bad it leads into winter.

Maggi Andersen said...

I hope spring comes soon to your area, Jeanne! I know many are fed up with winter !

Maggi Andersen said...

Nana, our winters here are mild. I really enjoy them. I don't always like our summers!