Month: November 2009

Autumnal Verse

Autumn in poetry is often associated with melancholy. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies turn grey, and people turn inward, both physically and mentally.

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

– Robert Frost

See also To Autumn, by Keats; The Wild Swans at Coole, by Yeats; and, for pure ennui at its bleakest and best, Song of Autumn by Baudelaire.

However, I think my favorite fall verse, at this point in my life, is the following by Emily Dickinson. She hints at the lush abundance of the season; it is there if you look for it. Not so hard to find, really! For everything a season. In everything, a blessing.

Nature XXVII, Autumn
The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

– Emily Dickinson

Ed Ruscha – Fall All Leaves All Fall

Ed Ruscha – Fall All Leaves All Fall

Little Black Dress

I’m feeling some inspiration to break out a little black dress and lots of pearls this winter after seeing a couple of inspiring films. There is a great independent movie theater right down the street from our house which I decided we haven’t frequented often enough. I love going to the movies but don’t really have (or make) as much time for them as I would like. Despite this, I’ve ended up seeing two movies there in the past couple of weeks. Today we saw An Education and I saw Coco Before Chanel with Emily and Kristin last week. The three of us were semi intrigued by the half-baked biographical elements, but in fact, the film was just a really, really pretty piece. It prompted me to read about the real Coco Chanel. I never realized before how influential this woman was on modern fashion. She introduced bell bottoms, suit jackets, suit skirts, the little black dress and the now ubiquitous Chanel No.5 perfume. An Education was also well styled, but I wouldn’t recommend it due to the terrible ending. James agreed with me, but it has won a bunch of awards so maybe I’m just picky?

Happy Thanksgiving!

We just returned from long, dark, windy drive through dimly lit country lanes. Our Thanksgiving day was spent at a family gathering at my Aunt and Uncle’s house in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The food was delicious and it was great to see immediate and extended family. Our fridge now contains large quantities of leftovers, plus James baked an awesome bread pudding with kale, squash and cheese. I’m looking forward to eating more of it tomorrow.

More updates to the blog coming this weekend as we have a nice mini-vacation ahead. Now we’re off to watch the film The Warriors. When we started up our Netflix account again, the first delivery ended up being a movie in James’ old queue. It is a total 70′s gang movie. Ha!