Monday Morning Musings:
The Constancy of Autumn
“Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;”
–from John Keats, “To Autumn”
Now the dragons come, sending their fiery breath
Into the cerulean sky, last gasps,
a vibrant show before their long, winter sleep.
Now squirrels skip and scurry
to find and bury their treasure,
eagles soar from shore to shore,
white-feathered heads glowing above the river blue,
where herons and egrets in shallow water wade
still in shadow, then with broad wings wide, glide
to other shoals. While blue jays gather
in raucous meetings throughout the day—
yelling at hawks, asking summer to stay—but
now the apples come—red or golden-green,
the colors of both fall and spring, tart and sweet
as life, well-balanced, though seldom neat.
Now t-shirts are covered by sweaters,
above, azure turns grey, but bright a spray of yellow
in bee-swallowed goldenrod, and violet aster.
Now we are in transition, in-between,
summer has ended, winter not yet come
but we remember what has been
the roses of summer and the fruit,
their essence captured in honey and wine–
the memories and promises,
like late spring’s bird-dawn chatter—
everything connected, everything matters,
the constant of love’s endurance
glowing brilliant as the light
of ancient long-dead stars, so bright,
still guiding us from afar.
We celebrated the first night of Rosh Hashanah last night. It makes so much more sense to celebrate the new year in early autumn as summer fades into fall than tacked on to the end of winter holidays on the first of January. Of course, no one has asked me. It was wonderful to celebrate with family, and while we missed not having everyone there, the smaller group meant we could all sit at one table and converse together. We toasted the memory of my aunt Sima, whose recipe for challah cannot be surpassed. It’s the one I always use.
Some photos from last night
Your family dinner posts always make my mouth water. And you got in some lovely alliteration and rhyme too! Happy feast day!
Thank you! It was so good to get together–and we have leftovers. 😋
It looks like it!
Well, you know where to send them 🙂
Once we get that transporter! 😊
This is getting urgent…
I know! I wish they’d get it done already!
It’s not as if they’ve anything more important to do.
So true. What could be more important?
All that faffing about with Jupiter and Neptune…
I always enjoy seeing your lovely family, Merril. You all know how to celebrate! Happy New Year!
Thank you so much, Jill! ❤️
Wow! Such awesome photographs!!! Love the poem! Wishing you blessings in this season!
Thank you so much, Linda. And the same to you and yours!
Lovely family pics, scrumptious food, beautiful verse…what a wholesome post, Merril! 💙
Thanks for sharing the joy.
Thank you so much, Punam! 💙
My pleasure. 😊
Loving family, good food, good conversation–it doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
No, it doesn’t, Liz. Thank you!
You’re welcome, Merrill!
My walking partner Barbara was going to join her sister at the Jacksonville Jewish Center for a service after our walk today.
A joyful new year to you!
Thank you so much, Marian!
What a feast! But best of all are the smiles. (K )
Thank you so much, Kerfe!
Ahhh, Merril your poetry and lovely posts are so exceptionally beautiful. You have a gift!
Thank you so very much, Rene! 💙
You’re so welcome!
Beautifully evocative of the transition of seasons Merril. And the celebration of New Year evident on the table and in the smiles of your family! May your year be sweet –
Thank you very much, Susan. And may you and yours also have a very sweet year.
Lovely to see you celebrating with family, Merril: and beautiful words and autumn images!
Thank you, Ingrid! 😊
Wow. That looks like some good challah and eats in general. Shannah Tova!
Thank you so much! Shana Tova to you!
What a wonderful poem with beautiful photos. Glad you were able to celebrate with family (looks delicious).
I don’t see any “Merril’s movie stuff…”
Have you watched “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”? I am 5 episodes in and loving her…
Thank you very much! It was great to see my family, and we’ll be seeing our older child soon.
It’s been crazy here, so no movies last week. We did just finish “Entrapped,” the sequel to “Trapped,” a mystery series from Iceland. And the latest season of City on a Hill, a Showtime series. We love Kevin Bacon’s sleaze ball character. I do have Extraordinary Attorney Woo in my queue–so good to know! 🙂
I bet it was!
I do understand that crazy. Hell…I haven’t found the energy to write at all.
I keep seeing Kevin Bacon on my IG feed and I want to see it.
You’ll love her!
I can understand with all you have going on, too.
City on a Hill a fun show. I like the other actors in it, too. Jill Hennessy is his long-suffering wife in the show.
I’ll have a movie for my musings next time. 🙂
And Yay! I have it on one of my channels! Putting it on my to-watch 🙂 As soon as I finish Woo 🙂
We may start Woo tonight. 🙂
I am trying not to fly through it… I’m half-way through number 6.
We just watched the first episode and really enjoyed it!
She just gets more endearing with each episode!
Again such a perfect complement of photos and poem! And your dinner photos … definitely drool-worthy 😉 But I really like seeing these scenes of family. So much warmth and love and, yes, good food, but it’s the warmth and love that I enjoy the most.
I’m going to have to check some of the shows you and Dale were talking (writing) about. We just started season 2 of Picard, and I have to say it’s tough going for me. Just when I think I know what’s going on, I realize I don’t know and then, just to make things worse, Q shows up. I don’t like Q. I never have. For some reason, I have a visceral dislike for the character. So … we’re at a loss because we finished the current season of Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). Still watching Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and The Patient (Hulu) when an episode drops but … definitely need more variety 😉
Thank you so much, Marie. It was really wonderful to see at least some family members.
I didn’t know you disliked Q so much, or I would not have recommended Picard. Oops! We don’t have Hulu, but my kids liked Only Murders, and daughter and her husband are watching The Patient.
Did you watch Night Sky?
Oh, no, it’s fine that you recommended Picard. We’re still watching it and, of course, since they are having to go back in time to 2024, how can I not watch it … lol! We saw the first episode of Night Sky but haven’t watched it since. I blame my husband. He’s very particular … that’s all I’ll say 😉 I rarely have a chance to watch TV by myself since we’re both retired.
Hahaha. We have some shows we watch together and some we watch separately. (I don’t watch sports at all.)🙂
Neither of us watches sports … and my family thinks Greg is a bit odd for that reason 😉 He could hold his own in talking about sports but there are so many other things we’d rather do than watch sports like … nothing, doing nothing at all. 😉
My husband is not a sports fanatic, but he watches some–without me. He was happy to have our older child watch the Phillies play the other night. I went up to bed. 🙂