Commands for the End of Summer

Commands for the End of Summer

I.
Deepen,
leaves, not with what
has made us sorry but
with what was profound about that
sorrow.
ii.
Make me
spontaneous,
gathering winds, but don’t
blow so giddily I teeter
too much.
iii.
Songs I
listened to all
summer long, accept my
thanks: to regress is not to move
backward.
iv.
Splash of
patchouli on
my wrist, remind me that
in this cauldron there is a world
elsewhere.
v.
Smile! Those
days of humid
agony have earned you
the right to a hundred purple
sunsets.
vi.
Come, fall,
I can feel you
stirring, I can hardly
wait for the things that will happen
come fall.
 

Rachel Wetzsteon, 1967-2009, American.

Autumn, Winslow Homer, 1877-1

The featured painting is  Autumn by Winslow Homer (1836-1910); American; 1877.  Collection of the late, lamented Corcoran, Washington, DC.
 

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