AUTUMNAL SIGHTS AND THOUGHTS

Autumnal…I like that word. Are there words that you like to hear? Or to say? Well, autumnal is one of my favorites.

It is like a warm blanket woven with beautiful wool in colors of red, brown, olive, and most importantly orange. And, the air around it is clear and cool…with just a hint of smoke from a leaf pile somewhere nearby. And the ground it sits on is brown and dry, except where the leaves have fallen. Most still have their fall colors on, and have not changed into their brown bedclothes as yet. The pumpkins in the wheelbarrow are a rainbow of the colors….just like the leaves. There are red ones, and orange and green, and brown, and even white. Such beauty……autumnal beauty.

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
George Eliot

That is a new quote…well, to me anyway. And, I liked the image it portrayed. A bird, so enthralled by the beauty of autumn, that it flew to new places so as to experience it again and again and again. (Sort of like me with a bag of Dark Chocolate Dove in the little chunky squares. It is so lovely an experience…OK…so I’m stretching it a bit…but you get it, don’t you?)

Now I have not read or thought of this little poem (below) for years. I can actually remember back in the 3rd grade, my teacher, Mrs. Whiddon, at Grandview Elementary School, would read to us every day after lunch. We would lay our heads on our desks and listen as she took us on grand journeys ,one place or another. Her voice was made for sharing delightful literature with children. She was quite old, as I remember, with white hair. Very tall, and lots of marvelous jewelry. I remember her talking about this party that October had. It was my first experience with the idea that words could paint pictures such as this. It was the first time I knew that inanimate objects could be given human characteristics and have such fun!

I happened upon it again today, while looking for quotes. And, I can promise you that I will not lose it again! Want to join Finn and I at the party?

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

No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face.

John Donne

A fall basket I have put together that blends the colors of autumn.

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9 Comments

  1. Longing for a feel of autumn in the air, but it's still full blown summer. Love the poem and quotes.

    Hugs,
    Kat

  2. What a pretty way to welcome Fall — love your arrangement and the basket, too! Finn looks like he's not too sure about the pumpkin … so much to explore in his little puppy world.

    I love the "October Gave a Party" poem … what a beautiful picture it paints.

  3. Love autumn. Love your quotes and fall arrangement.

  4. Always something to love when I visit you, Tonja!

    And considering that everything FALL that we own is still in the decorating closet except a couple of tablecloths, I have to seek out and soak up other people's work and creativity for a FALL FIX.

    And thank you for the quotes, as well—I have the "bird" one all earmarked for a post when we finally get some Fall weather. Her writing always reminds me of Emily Dickinson a bit, though a little more cheery most times.

  5. Beautiful post on Fall. I like the poem and the quotes. Cute picture of Finn, I just love his name. I prefer the milk chocolate Dove, it's my favorite chocolate! Hope you have a blessed weekend.

  6. I LOVE the colors of autumn. We got married in October and I incorporated every one of them in the dresses of my bridesmaids, gift attendants, etc.

    What a great poem! I remember it too.

  7. Never heard that poem before, but I just love it! I've just got to get my fall stuff out and SOON! I'm waiting on some help in dragging the box down from the attic…

  8. I LOVE all the colors in your Autumn basket! BEAUTIFUL!!!

  9. I LOVE the colors of autumn! We got married in October, and I used every one of them in the dresses of my bridesmaids, gift attendants, our mothers, etc. I feel very sentimental at this time of year!

    What a great poem. I do remember it from years ago.

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