Brilliant Earth

Autumn Sonnet

Mary Oliver, American, born 1935

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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Autumn 2015-10

Winterthur, Delaware, Autumn 2015

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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

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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

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inside their bodies?  And don’t you hear

the goldenrod whispering goodbye,

 

 

 

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 Showy Goldenrod,  Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware

 

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 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

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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

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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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