Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Monday, November 03, 2014


“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

This is just a rather nice little poem to keep things going until next week. Since I got home from Spain I've been really busy with the WW1 centenary exhibition that I'm organizing. It will be on next weekend and also on Armistice Day and then hopefully my life will be my own again and I shall be able to post properly.


Cheryl said...

Hi Rowan,

Love the simplicity of the poem.......

I have also returned from is pouring with rain here. I left blue skies and 33 deg.
Oh well......such is life.

Mac n' Janet said...

Welcome home, hope you take loads of photos of the exhibit.

MorningAJ said...

What a great poem! So true. said...

Beautiful poems Rowen,

Spain has pretty much the same weather as portugal..and its been fantastic weather here.
It turned during the night.. Today its dull and we have been put on yellow alert .. as we might get heavy rain. I don't look forward to the darker nights.

your project sounds very interesting.
sending best wishes

Rosie said...

What a lovely poem and such a gorgeous photo. I hope your WWI exhibition goes well:)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

So very perfect for this time of the year - and a wonderful photo.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I was wondering recently if the Year was still Circling. You've been missed. I like that little poem. Very simple, but as Woody Guthrie once observed "Any damn fool can get complicated!"

rel said...

Love the poem; spot on!

Roy Norris said...

Its a lovely image D.

Acornmoon said...

Beautiful poem, did you write it ? Good luck with your exhibition.

Anonymous said...

Lovely blog i saw you thrue other blogger...nice posts to read...blessings ❤

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Rowan

I love that November poem, all about Autumn!
How lovely to have been to Spain, warming the bones before winter sets in is such a good thing to do!
I'm very interested in WW1 history too so good luck with the centenary exhibition.
I'll be back soon.