Thursday, September 25, 2008

Welcome Autumn

Autumn is coming.
You know it when you hear the crickets begin to sing
as the sun makes it's early exit.....
when the water coming out of the tap no longer feels as if it's been boiled.
Kick off your shoes.
See how much cooler the earth feels to your bare feet.
At our house autumn means dig out your hiking boots,
grab your camera and head for the mountains.
WA-HOOO "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
.....John Muir
"Autumn is a second spring where
every leaf is a flower,"
.....Albert Camus
"Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains,
a torch flung to the trees."
.....Faith Baldwin
"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.
So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."
.....Nathaniel Hawthorne

1 comment:

Iago de Otto said...

from Autumn Thoughts, Poem 1
by Tu Fu

Jade frost bites the maple trees
and Wu Mountain and Wu Gorge breathe out dark fear

as river waves rise up to the sky
and dark wind-clouds touch ground by a frontier fortress.

The chrysanthemums have twice bloomed tears of other days,
When I moor my lonely boat my heart longs for my old garden.

The need for winter clothes hurries scissors and bamboo rulers.
White Emperor City looms over the rushed sound of clothes beaten at

Translated by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping


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