Autumnal Joy

Alright, friends (not in the Quaker sense). Today is October 1st. Joyous October.

You know how some people refuse to listen to Christmas carols until after Thanksgiving? As if Thanksgiving is the harbinger or gatekeeper of Christmas joy? That's what October 1st is to me. The herald of something almost better...

Autumn is here! I like the word autumnal.

Welcome to the reddish gold burst of color!

Welcome to the crunchy leaves!

Welcome to the pumpkins!

In "The Autumn" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (thanks ADS), she writes:
Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.

How there you sat in summer-time,
May yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing
Beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.
It's clear I love fall. What's your favorite thing about autumn?


austin said...

I love the crispness in the air as it starts to get cold. Shivers up my spine (in the best way) every time I think of that feeling/smell!

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