06 November 2013

Faded Leaves - An 1883 Poem

By Alice Cary.
The hills are bright with maples yet;
But down the level land
The beech leaves rustle in the wind
As dry and brown as sand.
The clouds in bars of rusty red
Along the hill tops glow,
And in the still sharp air the frost
Is like a dream of snow.
The berries of the briar-rose
Have lost their rounded pride,
The bitter-sweet chrysanthemums
Are drooping heavy-eyed.
The cricket grows more friendly now,
The doormouse sly and wise
Hiding away in the disgrace
Of nature from men's eyes.
The pigeons in black wavering lines
Are swinging tow'rd the sun;
And all the wide and withered fields
Proclaim the summer done.
His store of nuts and acorns now
The squirrel hastes to gain,
And sets his house in order for
The Winter's dreary reign.
'Tis time to light the evening fire
To read good books, to sing
The low and lovely songs that breathe
Of the eternal Spring.
October 12, 1883. Washington D.C. Evening Star 62(9509): 2.