Monday, September 20, 2010

Indian Summer




Has Indian summer arrived where you live?  The gap of time between summer and autumn is one of my favorite times of the year.  Pleasant temperatures, vibrant colors, and shirt-sleeve weather make this the perfect time of year for exploring nature, far and near.  From Mt. Rainier to cabin meadow, pleasant ventures create happy family times.  Emily Dickinson also found this to be a most pleasant time of year.  Her verse applies, below...

INDIAN SUMMER
by Emily Dickinson
These are the days when birds come back,
A very few, a bird or two,
To take a backward look.
These are the days when skies put on
The old, old sophistries of June, --
A blue and gold mistake.
Oh, fraud that cannot cheat the bee,
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief,
Till ranks of seeds their witness bear,
And softly through the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf!
Oh, sacrament of summer days,
Oh, last communion in the haze,
Permit a child to join,
Thy sacred emblems to partake,
Thy consecrated bread to break,
Taste thine immortal wine!




10 comments:

  1. Your post gives me hope! Not Indian Summer here, but still REAL Summer. Near 100F. during the day, but really...refreshingly in the light 70s or even 60s at night.

    It's on its way!

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  2. Sigh... after some gorgeous autumn days, we are back in the 90s. It has been a hot summer and I'm hoping it lets loose of us soon.

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  3. You've been changing things up in here...very appropriate header with the groom and his bride and all in softer tones.

    That Emily! This is a poem I was not familiar with so am glad to be enlightened.

    Enjoy these Indian summer days. We're supposed to slip in and out of them for a few days to come. (I don't care for radical temp changes so am not looking forward to it.)

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  4. yes! I really love this time of year, too. Enjoy...

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  5. I don't think Indian Summer is here yet. We are still between the end of summer and beginning of fall. Nights are nice and chilly again, days are gorgeous and sunny.
    Loved Emily's poem! Susan

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  6. I don't think Indian Summer is here yet. We are still between the end of summer and beginning of fall. Nights are nice and chilly again, days are gorgeous and sunny.
    Loved Emily's poem! Susan

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  7. I have never heard that poem before--it's lovely!

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  8. Nice post. I was just complaining that summer is over, but now I'll think about enjoying an Indian summer rather than complaining.

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  9. Thanks for special thoughts on Indian Summer. Now if the sunshine would just come out today. Wasn't the moon glorious last evening, a harvest moon for sure.

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  10. Yes, it is here. Actully it feels more fall then summer. But that fall magic is in the air xoxo Clarice

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