The Slow and Beguiling Beauty of Autumn

We change the name of our update to reflect the change in the season. Autumn can be a time for reflection. This was perhaps more true when most of us lived on farms. In late autumn, once the harvest was in, there was the feast of Thanksgiving. The busyness of chores might let up and you could look around at those hills and fields without calculating what it cost to farm them. In October Robert Frost captures this time when things slow down; here’s a passage from the poem:

O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!

 

Posted: September 19, 2014

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