The Light Again of Beginnings

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For seasons the walled meadow
south of the house built of its stone
grows up in shepherd’s purse and thistles
the weeds share April as a secret
finches disguised as summer earth
click the drying seeds
mice run over rags of parchment in August
the hare keeps looking up remembering 
a hidden joy fills the songs of the cicadas

two days’ rain wakes the green in the pastures
crows agree and hawks shriek with naked voices
on all sides the dark oak woods leap up and shine
the long stony meadow is plowed at last and lies
all day bare
I consider life after life as treasures
oh it is the autumn light

that brings everything back in one hand
the light again of beginnings
the amber appearing as amber
~ W. S. Merwin, “September Plowing” from Flower & Hand

 

 

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The rain has returned –
too many weeks of parchment leaves and soil,
now moistened and refreshed.

The light is so different in the evenings,
autumnal beginnings and summer endings,
a burning amber of sky and earth.

It is treasured up and stored,
to be harvested in the dead of winter
when such amber light is only remembrance
in the midst of so much gray.

 

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One thought on “The Light Again of Beginnings

  1. Oh yes. After 10 days of over 100, some days reaching 115…it is now in the 80’s with it chilly at night. Leaves changing color, winter on its way…..so a vivid reminder to get the lemon tree covers made to protect them from the frost that is sure to come….get more of the trees trimming down to the burn pile, disc Scharly’s corral to help her with her arthritis. And yes, store up the memories of the sky colors to be remembered when the rains come.
    Such a nice post Emily…..such a gift of words you share.

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