Commands at the Autumn Equinox for the End of Summer

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Magnolia Grandiflora fruit in early autumn; Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia and Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

Commands for the End of Summer 

Rachel Wetzsteon, 1967-2009, American, whom the gods loved

 

 

 

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Beauty Berry, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

I.

Deepen,
leaves, not with what
has made us sorry but
with what was profound about that
sorrow.

 

 

 

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Beauty Berry, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

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Viburnum, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

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Sapphire Berry, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

ii.

Make me
spontaneous,
gathering winds, but don’t
blow so giddily I teeter
too much.

 

 

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Sapphire Berry, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

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Viburnum, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware

 

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 Viburnum, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

iii.

Songs I
listened to all
summer long, accept my
thanks: to regress is not to move
backward.

 

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Crabapple in early autumn, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

iv.

Splash of
patchouli on
my wrist, remind me that
in this cauldron there is a world
elsewhere.

 

 

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 Conference table of the High Council of the Gnomes, Elves, Faeries and Hobbits set for the autumn Plenary Pow! Wow! at the autumn equinox.

 

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Poor weather alternative meeting place of the Gnomes, Faeries, Elves and Hobbits, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

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 Viburnum and hardy begonia, Winterthur, Delaware

 

v.

Smile! Those
days of humid
agony have earned you
the right to a hundred purple
sunsets.

 

 

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Mid-Autumn 2015 Winterthur Oct 22 2015-08

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Viburnum, Winterthur Delaware

 

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 Winterberry, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

vi.

Come, fall,
I can feel you
stirring, I can hardly
wait for the things that will happen
come fall.

 

 

 

Winterthur Igiri Tree Oct. 9 2011 

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Igiri Tree (Idesia Polycarpa), in autumn. Winterthur, Delaware 

 

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Holly in autumn readying the winter red, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

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