Late Autumn, Deep Fall

Autumn Sonnet
Mary Oliver, American, born 1935
In the deep fall
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don’t you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
 Winterthur 2, November 8, 2011-2
 the earth instead of the
Winterthur Autumn 2013-30
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nothingness of air and the endless

Mid-Autumn 2015 Winterthur Oct 22 2015-22

 Autumn 2015-20
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
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Winterthur November 3 2015-2

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 the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
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warm caves, begin to think
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 Winterthur November 3 2015-1

of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
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Pine Barrens & Native Orchids August 2015-02
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
Early autumn, Mt. Cuba, October 1, 2015-11
the everlasting being crowned with the first
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  Winterthur Autumn 2013-24
tufts of snow? The pond
vanishes, and the white field over which
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the fox runs so quickly brings out
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 its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
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bellows. And at evening especially,
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.
Winterthur Autumn 2013-31  Winterthur Autumn 2013-13
Photos taken at Winterthur and Mt. Cuba, Delaware.

3 thoughts on “Late Autumn, Deep Fall

    1. It is all a gift. I asked an Englishman in Addis Ababa what he most missed of his native world: the changes of season which do not occur in this way except in the ‘temperate’ zones. I feel this is among the most magnificent of gifts given me who could, but by fortunate accident, never have seen a single Autumn.


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