Saturday, October 10, 2009

An Ode to Autumn

What a glorious day! Cold and crisp, the air promises winter and spicy apple and pumpkin dishes just around the corner. Central Market even had hot apple cider and warm pumpkin bread to greet the customers with outside today-- of course I got two loaves of bread. And a jar of apple butter. And gelato-- but that is not so much because it's fall, more because it make life sweeter.

I love all the seasons, I love the glory God has placed in nature; but, I think that I love autumn the very best. The cool air and changing colors, the seasonal fruits and veggies and great things that can be made with them; simply every aspect of autumn appeals to me and I revel in this sublime afternoon.
In fact, Elizabeth Barrett Browning says things quite nicely:

The Autumn 
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.

And now to stroll in this enchanting weather.

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