Autumn

I walked back into the room after getting my breakfast. The baby is on the floor, trousers removed and waving a dirty nappy about. The toddler is tantruming about wanting to eat, but not wanting what he is given. The fish swim around their tank hungrily and there is a distinct air of autumn about the place. Wait a minute! AUTUMN! Already! I am still waiting to wear some of my summer clothes. Stop! That’s not fair, we are going camping for the weekend in a couple of weeks. I am waiting for some more courgettes from the plants we re -potted a couple of months ago. We need to cut the lawn, paint the barge boards, build some decking, make a million. I suppose there’s next summer.

The words of William Morris strike resonance in his poem Autumn (I am a bit tired and jaded at the moment):

Laden Autumn here I stand
Worn of heart, and weak of hand:
Nought but rest seems good to me,
Speak the word that sets me free.

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9 Responses

  1. Mark 2nd September 2009 / 8:48 am

    I like autumn – I think it is nostalgic season.<br><br>And as you&#39;re quoting poems, how about Dylan Thomas, Poem for October.<br><br>&quot;My birthday began with the water -<br>Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name<br>Above the farms and the white horse<br>And I rose<br>In rainy autumn<br>And walked abroad in a shower of all my days&quot;

  2. Emma 2nd September 2009 / 9:13 am

    Know how your feeling! Went winter shopping yesterday.. It was just so depressing! 🙁 x

  3. Vic 2nd September 2009 / 11:49 am

    Don&#39;t you remember? We had summer ages ago. It was that one week in June.

  4. info 2nd September 2009 / 3:38 pm

    I like this and am completely with you.<br><br>Thanks for that one!

  5. Pippa 2nd September 2009 / 9:26 pm

    I do like Autumn, but I agree Summer was supposed to last so much longer than it did. It lasted for months when I was a kid!

  6. Muddling Along Mummy 3rd September 2009 / 4:55 am

    I thought we had until the weekend before the seasons change but suddenly the weather has broken and the world seems to have moved onto the next term – worried I&#39;m going to get left behind<br><br>Our summer job list is scarily unfinished – still all the things we&#39;ve not done in the garden will be covered in leaves soon

  7. clareybabble 3rd September 2009 / 8:50 am

    I haven&#39;t got anything done this summer! But I do love the autumn, it&#39;s my favourite time of year 🙂

  8. Freelance Mam 4th September 2009 / 9:41 am

    I&#39;m so glad I found this blog, love your style.

  9. zooarchaeologist 5th September 2009 / 10:32 am

    Lovely poem Mark. Dylan Thomas expresses feeling so well.<br>I&#39;m glad everyone else is also behind on the summer chores!

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