Friday, September 20, 2013



As imperceptibly as Grief
 The Summer lapsed away~~
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like Perfidy ~~ 

A Quietness distilled
As Twilight long begun,
Or Nature spending with herself
Sequestered Afternoon ~~

The Dusk drew earlier in ~~
The morning foreign shone ~~
A courteous, yet harrowing Grace,
As Guest, who would be gone ~~

And so, without a Wing
Or service of a Keel
Our Summer made her light escape ~~
Into the Beautiful.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


5 comments:

  1. Ah, Emily!

    Our Summer made her light escape ~~
    Into the Beautiful.


    I've seen just a few leaves sporting autumnal colors here in Northern Virginia.

    In a few short weeks, the Beautiful will arrive!

    But the poem means much more than that: perhaps stages of life, perhaps times of our lives. There is some kind of beauty in our lives all along the way, so do not mourn losing one stage or one time.

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  2. No sadness here. Tomorrow is the opening night at the BSO. An all Brahms program!

    I welcome the autumn for this reason and for many more.

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  3. A wistful nod to the end of summer...

    Thank you for sharing it!

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  4. A. de Brandt says:

    The pictures on this blog are outstanding. Somebody has a fantastic eye. Tt field at sunset is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my life, and perfect for the mood of the poem. Thanks.

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  5. Thank YOU, A. de Brandt. It's encouraging to see that someone notices these things.

    I wish I knew who created that magnificent, evocative sunset scene. The information was not given at the source unfortunately.

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