Fall Into Autumn

The passing of summer both gladdens and saddens my heart. I yearn to welcome autumn, to embrace its sensuous enfolding of decay, its glorious descent into ochres, reds and ambers. I long to relax into the essential me; the me of wool and tweed, of scarves and boots; the me that celebrates the seasonal shift of the air and the robin’s song, with the annual custom of the turning page.

Two books, one title; Shelley waits patiently for his autumnal release. And so, as each year before, I take them down from the cabinet, and read once more The Sensitive Plant. Though the words are the same, each book elicits a unique response.

 

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Laurence Houseman’s illustrations leave me uneasy; his Pan a troubling pagan presence amidst the inevitable decay. His garden is unnerving, but strangely exhilarating; I want to walk that path but secretly know my hand would tremble on the gate’s latch.

 

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Charles Robinson’s watercolour palette is benign, though steeped in pathos. His garden is one of melancholy and deep longing. The scent of decay is tangible. Here sorrow borders every path. I tread these walks untroubled; the damp leaves clinging to my boots.

 

Then the rain came down, and the broken stalks

Were bent and tangled across the walks;

 

And the leafless network of parasite bowers

 

Massed into ruin; and all sweet flowers.

 

(First published 19 September 2014 at http://stevenhobbsauthor.com/blog/ )

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Anonymous
This is so lyrically written - and so intriguing. Looking forward to exploring Shelley once again. Thanks for posting.
Friday, 05 September 2014 21:21
Steven Hobbs
Thank you Harrison - kind words. The Sensitive Plant is my "go to" poem for autumn. It's deeply melancholic, but beautifully emoti... Read More
Saturday, 06 September 2014 18:50
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