Monday, September 27, 2010

Marvelous Monday - Autumn Day

Autumn Day:

Lord: it is time. The huge summer has gone by.
Now overlap the sundials with your shadows,
and on the meadows let the wind go free.

Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine;
grant them a few more warm transparent days,
urge them on to fulfillment then, and press
the final sweetness into the heavy wine. 

Whoever has no house now, will never have one.
Whoever is alone will stay alone,
will sit, read, write long letters through the evening,
and wander the boulevards, up and down,
restlessly, while the dry leaves are blowing.

Translated by Stephen Mitchell, 
"The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke" (Random House)

Ooooohhhhh ... doesn't that last stanza send shivers down your spine?   Just feels exactly like an autumn wind has curled itself around me and breathed down my neck!  And yet I love that poem, perhaps because it does get such a response out of me.  And perhaps, because I really do love autumn!

So on this Marvelous Monday, I am thankful for this glorious season of beautiful vistas ....

of leaves turning colour....

of animals seeking hide-away spots for the winter ....

and bright orange pumpkins finding ways to escape the farm!

I hope you are having a glorious autumn!




  1. Thanks for the comment on my letter to me. I really feel like between the BlogTherapy and the Letter Therapy, I am making some progress on my own mental health. It feels good. It is all about letting go of stuff so that you can make room for the good stuff. And I have big plans. So I need a A LOT OF ROOM.

    Interesting ~ your choice of poem and that last stanza. It speaks directly to my plans. Were you thinking of me when you chose it?

  2. I love Fall too but I find it way to short. sigh

  3. I love the way you speak of autumn curling itself around you and breathing down your neck! Scandalous! Hey, aren't you supposed to be a Sunday School teacher?

    Enjoy the fall ;-)

  4. That was a very deep poem! Thanks for posting it.

  5. Lovely poem Ro. Hopefully I'll be back on TCT next week with a fall post. Things have been so busy with the new puppy. Take care. Fall always settles me. I wish you blessings today and always.

  6. Beautiful poem and beautiful pictures. I live in the desert so I appreciate a different view of fall.


  7. Everything about this post makes it a beautiful one. Happy fall.

  8. I have some questions for you on my blog.

  9. Long time no see. Are you OK? Missing you!

  10. Oh lovely, I am a fan of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry. He writes so beautifully and with such depth.



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