Autumn Day

Lord, it is time. Let the great summer go,
Lay your long shadows on the sundials,
And over harvest piles let the winds blow.

Command the last fruits to be ripe;
Grant them some other southern hour,
Urge them to completion, and with power
Drive final sweetness to the heavy grape.

Who’s homeless now, will for long stay alone.
No home will build his weary hands,
He’ll wake, read, write letters long to friends
And will the alleys up and down
Walk restlessly, when falling leaves dance.

-Rainer Maria Rilke, translation by Guntram Deichsel

Photos by Anthromama, of the Cherry Springs Nature Area, Caribou-Targhee National Forest.



Filed under Nature, Poetry

7 responses to “Autumn Day

  1. I really enjoyed the poem and the photos. Thank you…what a beautiful post.

  2. Lovely photos! I love the fall. 🙂

  3. Beautiful, mama! Thanks for visiting our new playhouse pics. Hope you and the children are enjoying this beautiful season!

  4. Lord, it is time. Let the great summer go— those words just sum up the surprise we feel at how quickly times does fly. Wonderful photos.

  5. We’re busy letting summer go around here. The trees are turning, it is getting crisp in the mornings, the houseplants are inside again. It even rained last night.

    Lovely pictures, nice poem. I always feel so calmed and uplifted when I come over here.

  6. Amazing poem! Wow. Lovely pics, too. OUr fall was so dang brief.

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