Edith Holden’s watercolors of October are my favorites of all the year. This is my favorite month and I treasure every moment in its brief span. It is the height of autumn and my heart always feels so full of the beauty around that I think it will burst with the melancholy joy of the season.
Many of her watercolors are of scenes I’ve been delighted to witness this autumn. Mushrooms, squirrels, berries, and flaming leaves…. it’s been a beautiful season. Judging from her watercolors, I think it’s safe to say that Mrs. Holden found much joy in autumn as well.
Pale amber sunlight falls across The reddening October trees, That hardly sway before a breeze As soft as summer; summer’s loss Seems little, dear! On days like these. Let misty autumn be our part! The twilight of the year is sweet: Where shadow and the darkness meet Our love, a twilight of the heart Eludes a little time’s deceit. Are we not better and at home In dreamful Autumn, we who deem No harvest joy is worth a dream? A little while and night shall come, A little while, then, let us dream. Beyond the pearled horizons lie Winter and night: awaiting these We garner this poor hour of ease, Until love turn from us and die Beneath the drear November trees. – Ernest Dowson
Blessings to you,