Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Ode to Autumn

I'm feeling in a poetic mood so....

Ode to Autumn (J Keats)

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'erbrimmed their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, -
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


SoapyChica said...

I love this-nice pictures too! Thats put me in the mood for Autumn now (and I have a day off, and Brandied Figs, and Pumkin and Ginger Fragrance oils to muck about with) Yay!

Hippy at Heart said...

Thanks Sue for the comments. Actually neither of those pics were taken in the autumn, the top one was taken on 2nd January at Pistyll rhaeadr. http://www.pistyllrhaeadr.co.uk/

A very beautiful and spiritual place. The photo was taken with my back to the waterfall.

Lisa said...

Ah Ah I love this latest peice and what stunning scenery, gosh I so wish I could be there to see it!!!

SoapWithBalls said...

Great shots !!

Hippy at Heart said...

Thanks for the great comments guys and gals. I enjoy taking photos. Not very good at it but I keep trying.


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