Saturday, September 26, 2015

Autumn Daybook for Harvest Moon! [look. listen. make. do.]

Welcome, Autumn!  Let's celebrate with a few ordinary acts of paying attention to the ways earth's crammed with heaven in this season.  Here's some suggestions to get you started this week, beginning with the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Sunday (9/27) night.


The moon now rises to her absolute rule

The moon now rises to her absolute rule,
And the husbandman and hunter
Acknowledge her for their mistress.
Asters and golden reign in the fields
And the life everlasting withers not.
The fields are reaped and shorn of their pride
But an inward verdure still crowns them;
The thistle scatters its down on the pool
And yellow leaves clothe the river—
And nought disturbs the serious life of men.
But behind the sheaves and under the sod
There lurks a ripe fruit which the reapers have not gathered,
The true harvest of the year—the boreal fruit
Which it bears forever,
With fondness annually watering and maturing it.
But man never severs the stalk
Which bears this palatable fruit.
Source: Poets of the English Language (Viking Press, 1950)



Listen to Neil Young perform Harvest Moon live at the Ryman Auditorium 

Listen to my always-evolving Autumn playlist on Spotify



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