24 Sep 2013

Autumn

*AUTUMN*

The third season of the year, or the season between summer and winter, often called "the fall." Astronomically, it begins in the northern temperate zone at the autumnal equinox, about September 23, and ends at the winter solstice, about December 23; but in popular language, autumn, in America, comprises September, October, and November. The harvest or fruits of autumn. The time of maturity or decline; latter portion; third stage. Autumn is easily my favorite time of the year.  The days have cooled
down, the leaves have turned, and the world is busy preparing herselffor winter.  There's something magical about the clear brisk days,the first smell of the woodstove or the fireplace, the first frost, thesounds of the Canadian geese overhead as they pass through ontheir way south, the canning of the late fruits and vegetables, thepumpkin and cider stands on the roadways.  School has started,and there's newness in the air, even though the season is theprecursor to winter.  Somehow, the world knows that winter isnecessary, and the long preparation for the cold of winter--thepreparation which is autumn--is a beautiful, necessary part of the world.

There is a beautiful spirit breathing nowIts mellowed richness on the clustered trees,
And, from a beaker full of richest dyes,Pouring new glory on the autumn woods,And dipping in warm light the pillared clouds.Morn on the mountain, like a summer bird,Lifts up her purple wing, and in the vales
The gentle wind, a sweet and passionate wooer,Kisses the blushing leaf, and stirs up life
Within the solemn woods of ash deep-crimsoned,And silver beech, and maple yellow-leaved,
Where Autumn, like a faint old man, sits downBy the wayside a-weary.



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