Monday, November 14, 2016
What I love best in autumn is the way that Nature takes her curtain, as the stage folk say. The banner of the marshes furl, droop and fall. The leaves descend in golden glory. The ripe seeds drop and the fruit is cast aside. And so with slow chords in imperceptible fine modulations the great music draws to a close, and when the silence comes you can scarce distinguish it from the last far-off strains of the woodwinds and the horns.
-- Donald Culross Peattie --
from Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season
A poetic description which ends with a musical motif. My only quibble is that I don't think Nature has dropped the final curtain. Nature is still around; it's just dropped the curtain for the end of Act Three. Act Four will be coming soon, and then, of course, it's not the end of the run. Nature's Play is a long-running one and, while it may vary, it won't end (until the planet is no more).
On a bitterly cold November night
The snow fell thick and fast---
First like hard grains of salt,
Then more like soft willow buds.
The flakes settled quietly on the bamboo
And piled up pleasingly on the pine branches.
Rather than turning to old texts, the darkness
Makes me feel like composing my own verse.
-- Ryokan --
from Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf
trans. John Stevens
Interesting reaction; rejecting the past and turning to the future. A wish for spring?
Listen . . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd \, break from the trees
-- Adelaide Crapsey --
from Art and Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry
I remember those nights growing up in Chicago.