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To Autumn

article-2433512-1847d18500000578-125_964x638To Autumn

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-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d 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’er-brimm’d 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-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
   Drows’d 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 cyder-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 red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
      And gathering swallows twitter in the skie

 

John Keats

25 Responses

  1. Keats is my favorite poet. No poet, except possibly for Shakespeare, and sometimes Coleridge and Poe, has equaled his beautiful and potentially metaphorical natural imagery From a man who endured physical suffering even while he wrote some of his most beautiful poems, they often evoke a very poignant sense of comfort and hope.

  2. I have heard that middle age women are the most invisible group in american society. its like we dont live here. we do everything necessary for society to remain livable but otherwise we dont exist.

    This election proves this point to nth degree. we are the strongest group behind hillary but nobody talks about us. its like we dont vote.

    we do though, in large numbers.

  3. The Aki sisters from the Touhou video game series welcome you to autumn. Big picture is big.

  4. i raked leaves today. it was warm and very windy. wonderful.

  5. Thank you for your soulful post…

  6. September here in South East Michigan is being a little warmer longer than usual. Just enough so that a small patch of my SoutherMountain Hickory Cane corn that I planted on June 28th is/has
    growing/ grown fast and hard enough that 6 ears show real promise of reaching hard-seed viably-replantable maturity. 6 ears does not sound like much, but those 6 ears are passing through the Darwin Filter of a very short season (even with a warm September), and their progeny will be selection-predisposed to produce over a “short season”. Thus do I michiganize my Hickory Cane corn.

    I read yesterday that part of Wisconsin got 13 inches of rain in a single day. It takes a lot of airborne moisture to drop back out that much rain. It is a mild example of the heavy raindumps which man made global warming is already causing to happen, and which its intensification over the coming few decades will cause to happen more and more. I gather the Gulfa Mexico and the Caribbean-Atlantic merger zones both have a high surface and shallow temperature meaning a lot of stored heat. That could fuel some spectacular snowfalls here and there this winter, and also some spectacular outbreaks of high powered storm systems and tornadoes somewhere in the South and Lower Midwest.

  7. Back to the election: The Cincinnati Enquirer [not to be confused with that other Enquirer😉 ], a newspaper which has endorsed Republican Presidential candidates for almost a century, endorsed Hillary Clinton today. :mrgreen:

  8. RD, you should put up some pictures of Pittsburgh in the fall!

    • I will! I discovered the most beautiful residential street in America a few weeks ago when I was doing voter registration. When the leaves turn, it’s going to be spectacular.

  9. Today, succumbing to the hype, I had my first Pumpkin Latte from Buckstars. As they handed it to me, I thought, hm, pumpkins are almost the exact color of Trump’s hair. And it didn’t taste very good. So I ended up throwing it out.

    Happy autumn, everyone!

    • I love Starbucks coffee but their special concoctions are 3 orders of magnitude sweeter than they have to be. Like, if you’ve saturated ever sugar receptor on your tongue, do you really need to double that??
      So, I always ask them to halve the number of pumps they put in the cup. It’s still too sweet but at least I don’t need insulin. They offer me the sugar free version but it’s just as sweet as the sugared version but now we’ve added the artificial aftertaste. I tell them that’s not the point. I don’t want less sugar because of calories or diabetes. I was less sugar because I don’t like so much sugar. If they only put in 1/4 the amount of sugar in their drinks while keeping the same amount of spice and other flavor then people who like to OD on sucrose could add it to THEIR drinks and not force their addiction on me. But the baristas always look at me with a blank stare. So I’ve given up and don’t go to Starbucks as much as I used to. I have a keurig now and plenty of choices of jazzed up coffee without the sugar shock.

      • I tried the chili mocha frappuccino today because they had a special offer on the grande size. It was supposed to have a kick because of the chili and I ended up throwing it away. The chili provided too much of a kick and it was so sweet the chocolate was wasted.

        It made me wonder if their tasters are millennials whose palates have not fully developed.

  10. Happy Autumn! I love the warm days and cool nights of the Chicago area. The colors have started to change and I am looking forward to the brilliant hues.

    Here is something to celebrate. It has been posted today, with today’s date, but the New York Times has posted their endorsement of Hillary.

    Frabjous day! Another milestone.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/hillary-clinton-for-president.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-top-region&region=opinion-c-col-top-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-top-region

    • I saw that. It’s pretty good. They pretty much admit they blew the email “scandal” out of proportion.
      The Portland herald just endorsed her. But their endorsement is stupid. They haven’t given up the email scandal, say she’s secretive (as if we don’t know more about her than any candidate in history) and want to know what the heck she was thinking when she rejoined the Clinton foundation after being SOS. PRobably she was thinking she needed a job doing something. Really, I don’t get it. There’s no conflict of interest if she’s out of office . I expect more common sense and reasoning skills from editors.
      Then they don’t mention her policies. At all.
      They just tell Bernie people they’d better vote for her or President Trump will be all their fault.
      {{facepalm}}
      I feel like we just lost Portland.

      • OTOH, for anyone who understands how hideous a Grifter Presidency would be, the mere fact that Hillary is the only non-Grifter candidate who can win IS enough reason to vote for her.

      • Paul Krugman was frequently castigated in the comments to his column during the spring and summer because he was trying to point out that it was unlikely that Bernie would win. Many felt that the New York Times had favored Hillary from the beginning and if the Times had been more fair that Bernie and his agenda would have had more success.

        The Bernie people thought he would have been a better candidate because he had less baggage, but the truth is Bernie’s baggage would have been a bigger disaster that the voting results for Nixon vs. McGovern.

        I too thought that editorial presented the case for Hillary very well. I saw it as being another milestone in this campaign that the first woman to be nominated received the endorsement of the New York Times

        • Bernie’s people were unfortunately allowed to think that because the media never covered Bernie’s baggage. Trump’s ties to Putin certainly never would have been an issue if Bernie was the candidate.

          • Completely agree with you. Bernie’s history-the comments he made, the trip to Moscow in the 1970s (well before the collapse of the Soviet Union) would have made it easier for the negative campaigning that the Repugnant party would have used on Bernie.

            Although the mid-East is a mess, Putin is more of a threat to Western stability and could cause more harm than ISIS.

          • Question for JMS,

            What threat exactly does Putin pose to the stability of the West? How has that threat been manifested specifically here or there?

          • r u reddy,

            Putin has been funding far right parties in Europe who want their countries to exit the EU. One of his close advisors in annexing Crimea has been Aleksandr Dugin who wants to see fascism stretching from Lisbon to Moscow.

            Putin has also been influenced by Ivan Ilyin who felt that individualism was evil. This op-ed in the New York Times by Timothy Snyder is an interesting read.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/opinion/how-a-russian-fascist-is-meddling-in-americas-election.html?_r=0

            The U.S. is a signatory to NATO and we are obligated to help any member country that is attacked. In 1994 the U.S., the U.K. and the Russian Federation signed the Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Those countries then gave up their nuclear weapons. The Russian Federation violated the agreement when it invaded and annexed Crimea.

            As for the threat, here the hacking of the DNC e-mails show that Putin is trying to influence this election.

            I hope that answers your question. I have voted Democratic consistently since I came of voting age. I remember urging my mother to vote to re-elect Sen. Paul Douglas who was running against Charles Percy. Charles Percy won and the vote may have reflected sympathy on the part of voters after Mr. Percy’s daughter was murdered in a case that is unsolved 50 years later.

  11. If the corporate media finally are waking the #^&% up, it’s not a moment too soon.

    Joe Cannon pointed me to this link from The Hill.

    22% of people who say they will vote for Trump think that, if he wins, he will use at least one nuclear weapon during his administration.

    They still say they will vote for him. 😮

    • This comment system won’t let me put two links in one comment, so I must make a second comment.

      I have a question for those folks who think the Orange Grifter will use at least one nuke, but plan to vote for him, nevertheless.

  12. Contrary to a prominent myth which has grown this year, the majority of support for The Grifter, and his equivalents in Europe, does not come from economically distressed citizens.

    “It’s the bigotry, stupid.”👿

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