We seem to be between seasons. Summer’s bounty has dried up, fields and lawns to sleep and, luckily, we’ve not yet had any harsh weather.
We have had two very gentle, tentative snow falls with a couple inches of snow that melted within hours. So the bird feeders have been put out and we’ve had a few visitors already.
Our snowblower is all ready for what may come, but I can wait for that first real snowstorm to hit. Perhaps this Longfellow poem places it all in perspective.
Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.
Even as our cloudy fancies take
Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession,
The troubled sky reveals
The grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
Now whispered and revealed
To wood and field.