The Year's Last Smile

03 October 2014


Beauty, beauty, there is beauty all around me.
Unfamiliar—radiant—lovely.
If it were tangible, I'd bottle it up; if it were visible, I'd paint the skies with it.
Had I a brush, creation would bend at my touch.
I'd make the heavens into colors and patterns that you could smell, taste, touch.
You'd feel the scarlet in your soul burn against the copper and the amber-gold.
I'd dress myself in welkin-blue on the first day of the season when the wind adopts a singularly witching quality.
Smell the smoke, the sparks as they tangle in the locks you can never restrain, those same curls that tumble around your forehead and tremble on the base of your neck.
Send me the season's scent, the thick warmth, the wafting spice, the exotic air that runs through the day until each moment is an hourly gem on the year's necklace.
I'll tie it 'round my neck and wear it all my days.
Give me the chill that ices over my red heart, the cold that makes the cider steam in the stillness, the frosty silence that draws me closer to you.

Lend me autumn, and I'll bury it in my heart. Give me autumn, and I'll love you all my days.

[a bit of dusted-off heart-writing from last november]

6 epistles:

  1. I love this poem! It captures autumn perfectly!

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  2. "Send me the season's scent, the thick warmth, the wafting spice"
    I love it! Beauty, indeed.

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  3. This is really, really good, Elizabeth. I'm not just saying this to be nice, I seriously love reading your blog. :-)

    ~Sara

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  4. I haven't even read My Antonia but I've an inkling of a feeling this is what it reads like. This is you, and poetry, and its all wrapped up in a delicious bundle and I love it. (And you, of course. ^.^)

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  5. Ah, what a way to capture a season. I really enjoyed this.

    By the way, I just found your blog on blogloving and am really enjoying it. I am also a homeschool graduate working on writing my first historical fiction novel. I can't wait to learn from your adventures in the world of literature lane : )

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