A day in autumn

A Day in Autumn
Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian, 1875 – 1926. Translated by Mary Kinzie


Early autumn, Winterthur, October 6, 2015-06 Early autumn, Winterthur, October 6, 2015-02   

After the summer’s yield, Lord, it is time
to let your shadow lengthen on the sundials
and in the pastures let the rough winds fly.  

 

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Hosta in battle formation                               Oak leaf hydrangea

 

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Holly                                                                  Giant sunflower

 

Early autumn, Mt. Cuba, October 1, 2015-11 Early autumn, Mt. Cuba, October 1, 2015-10

Goldenrod                                                           Swamp sunflower

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Insect-trapping plant                                       Sawara false cypress

As for the final fruits, coax them to roundness.
Direct on them two days of warmer light
to hale them golden toward their term, and harry
the last few drops of sweetness through the wine.
  Early autumn, Winterthur, October 6, 2015-12  Winterthur Igiri Tree Oct. 9 2011

Quince                                                                    Igiri tree

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Southern magnolia                                             Oakleaf hydrangea

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Sapphire berry                                                    Rhododendron

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 Aromatic aster                         Perennial begonia                  Autumn ladies tresses

 

Early autumn, Mt. Cuba, October 1, 2015-02 Early autumn, Winterthur, October 6, 2015-04
New England aster                                             Russian sage

 

Whoever’s homeless now, will build no shelter;
who lives alone will live indefinitely so,
waking up to read a little, draft long letters,   
and, along the city’s avenues,
fitfully wander, when the wild leaves loosen.

 

Early autumn, Mt. Cuba, October 1, 2015-09 Early autumn, Mt. Cuba, October 1, 2015-08 

 Flowering dogwood

The featured image is the back of a giant elephant ear leaf.

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