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Quote, 10/04/2010

Posted by ejmoore510 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 4, 10 at 8:17

Fall, falling, fallen. That's the way the season
Changes its tense in the long-haired maples
That dot the road; the veiny hand-shaped leaves
Redden on their branches (in a fiery competition
With the final remaining cardinals) and then
Begin to sidle and float through the air, at last
Settling into colorful layers carpeting the ground.
At twilight the light, too, is layered in the trees
In a season of odd, dusky congruences‐a scarlet tanager
And the odor of burning leaves, a golden retriever
Loping down the center of a wide street and the sun
Setting behind smoke-filled trees in the distance,
A gap opening up in the treetops and a bruised cloud
Blamelessly filling the space with purples. Everything
Changes and moves in the split second between summer's
Sprawling past and winter's hard revision, one moment
Pulling out of the station according to schedule,
Another moment arriving on the next platform. It
Happens almost like clockwork: the leaves drift away
From their branches and gather slowly at our feet,
Sliding over our ankles, and the season begins moving
Around us even as its colorful weather moves us,
Even as it pulls us into its dusty, twilit pockets.
And every year there is a brief, startling moment
When we pause in the middle of a long walk home and
Suddenly feel something invisible and weightless
Touching our shoulders, sweeping down from the air:
It is the autumn wind pressing against our bodies;
It is the changing light of fall falling on us.

Fall
by Edward Hirsch


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RE: Quote, 10/04/2010

This is just beautiful!


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RE: Quote, 10/04/2010

This is one of the most beautiful descriptions of fall that I have ever read. I had to reference Edward Hirsch to see what else he has written and then wondered why I had never heard of him since he is so well known. I guess it's because I don't read that much poetry. He has written a book called How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry,and the whole thing is right online. I think I'll read it. Thanks EJ.


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RE: Quote, 10/04/2010

Now I have another reason to not do what was on today's agenda, got to look him up and his work.


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RE: Quote, 10/04/2010

  • Posted by mwheel East. WV-Z.6 (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 4, 10 at 14:31

What a lovely poem.

Words are so incredible; they can be touching, inspiring, beautiful--the list goes on and on. However, it's sad to know that when put together in a harsh way, they can be mean, nasty, ugly, etc. It all depends on the person doing the *putting together*.

Thanks, ej.


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