Brilliant Earth

Autumn Sonnet

Mary Oliver, American, born 1935





Il Sogno del Cortile, 2004, serigraph.  Kay Walkingstick, American, born 1935.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia




In the deep fall


don’t you imagine the leaves think how

comfortable it will be to touch 

the earth instead of the





A maple leaf hanging only thanks to the spiders.  A photo taken by Linda Weiser  (thank you!), October 2017, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware



nothingness of air and the endless

freshets of wind?  And don’t you think





Autumn 2015-10

Winterthur, Delaware, Autumn 2015


Abstract Painting and detail, 780-1, 1992, oil on canvas.  Gerhardt Richter, German, born 1932.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC



the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,

warm caves, begin to think




Autumn 2015-17

Winterthur, Delaware, August 2015


Untitled, 2007, oil on canvas.  Bill Scott, born 1956, American. 

Private collection on exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia in 2017



of the birds that will come – six, a dozen – to sleep


inside their bodies?  And don’t you hear

the goldenrod whispering goodbye,





 Showy Goldenrod,  Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware



 Golden Fleece Autumn Goldenrod, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware




the everlasting being crowned with the first

tuffets of snow.  The pond

vanishes and the white field  over which

the fox runs so quickly brings out






Fox Hunt, 1893, oil on canvas.   Winslow Homer, 1836-1910, American.  

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia


its blue shadows.  And the wind pumps its

bellows.  And at evening especially,

the piled firewood shifts a little,

longing  to be on its way.






 Trees around the meadow garden at Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, November 2017


Frost Valley in the Catskills and detail, 1995, oil on canvas.  Louis B. Sloan, 1932-2008. 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia






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