Gift #480: October

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.

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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.

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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

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Blessings to you,
Sarah

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