Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Song for Autumn


In the deep fall don't you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless freshets of wind? 
And don't you think the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don't you hear the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
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 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.
-Mary Oliver