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.


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,

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