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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September's Bright Blue Weather

October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson
(we are very close to October so I took a little liberty here!)
Dad memorized poems as part of his 8th grade education back in the 1920s. In his 80s, he often quoted quoted this favorite as the greens of summer became the spectacular autumn colors.  

O SUNS and skies and clouds of June, 
        And flowers of June together, 
    Ye cannot rival for one hour 
        October's bright blue weather;

    When loud the bumble-bee makes haste, 
        Belated, thriftless vagrant, 
    And Golden-Rod is dying fast, 
        And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

    When Gentians roll their fringes tight 
        To save them for the morning, 
    And chestnuts fall from satin burrs 
        Without a sound of warning;

Some corn lis eft behind the combine to feed the wildlife
    When on the ground red apples lie 
        In piles like jewels shining, 
    And redder still on old stone walls 
        Are leaves of woodbine twining;

    When all the lovely wayside things 
        Their white-winged seeds are sowing, 
    And in the fields, still green and fair, 
        Late aftermaths are growing;

    When springs run low, and on the brooks, 
        In idle golden freighting, 
    Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush 
        Of woods, for winter waiting;

 When comrades seek sweet country haunts, 
        By twos and twos together, 
    And count like misers, hour by hour, 
        October's bright blue weather.

    O suns and skies and flowers of June, 
        Count all your boasts together, 
    Love loveth best of all the year 
        October's bright blue weather.