Tuesday, November 18, 2008


This is the treacherous month when autumn days
With summer's voice come bearing summer's gifts.
Beguiled, the pale down-trodden aster lifts
Her head and blooms again. The soft, warm haze
Makes moist once more the sere and dusty ways,
And, creeping through where dead leaves lie in drifts,
The violet returns. Snow noiseless sifts
Ere night, an icy shroud, which morning's rays
Wildly shine upon and slowly melt,
Too late to bid the violet live again.
The treachery, at last, too late, is plain;
Bare are the places where the sweet flowers dwelt.
What joy sufficient hath November felt?
What profit from the violet's day of pain?

Autumn Sonnet Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) writer

photo: to think just two weeks ago this is what this was going on here, november 17 2008


tut-tut said...

I didn't know Helen Hunt Jackson was a poet.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing photograph! I love those lamp posts! I have taken a photo with one exactly like that in yours in Dublin.
Autumn used to make me feel blue. In Australia Autumn is pretty much like Spring, sunny skies, cool breezes, it's lovely so no more feeling blue with the seasonal changes anymore for Gaye!

Squirrel said...

treachery dead pain icy shroud, ... clearly she is depressed ... poor dear.

November has been beautiful so far... then Turkey Day is coming up ... yay!

Squirrel said...

The photo is exceptional-- the fairy dusting of snow is lovely.

Merle Sneed said...

What a remarkable change. A curse of living in Arizona is that the seasons all look the same.

Barbara said...

What a difference a few days can make. You actually had SNOW... already?

Megan said...

Wow I just had to flip back and forth a few times just to check that out. Only two weeks, amazing. (But both beautiful!)

Coffee Messiah said...

Ours lasted a few hours and was a beautiful sight.....

Look forward to some more and staying inside for ahwile ; )

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tut - neither did I but she was friends with emily dickinson

gaye - have to catch up on your blog and your new locale!

squirrel - poor helen has alot to be depressed about. if curious check out her biography, wiki has a brief one....she did lots of amazing work on behalf of the native americans and that's how I know of her.

merle - I love the change of the seasons, one reason I don't think I could be happy in a place like arizona...although I have opened my mind to the idea that the mountains of nm could be an attractive locale...

barb - sometimes snow has come much earlier up here. however, it doesn't tend to stay - unlike the snow that falls in january, which can be around for months!

megan - it is quite lovely

coffee - I love snow! unfortunately we moved to the western side of cleveland so don't get as much as we did when we lived on the eastern side - it's amazing the difference between living on one side of the cuyahoga vs the other! crazy! but we still gets snow.... but where we had 1 or 2 inches the east side had 3-4 and the eastern suburbs had 6-8!

Saretta said...

Wow! That is a big difference. In Italy they call that false warming in early November "Saint Martin's summer." I have a post on St. Martin scheduled for Friday.

lettuce said...

what a sad sonnet
and a sad view of autumn/winter

i hope we get some snow this winter

(and poo! just realised i've missed another thursday theme.
will try to do better...)