Are curling in the sun; In dusty pods the milkweed Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook; And asters by the brook-side Make asters in the brook,
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.
My fourth grade teacher (See my blog: The Hug That Teaches - February - http://jan-butterfliesandrainbows.blogspot.com/2010/02/she-was-one-of-those-people-that-you.html ) made her class memorize this lovely poem and I think I have recited it in my mind just about every fall since then. Ok, well I only remembered verses 1, 2 and 5; I had to google the rest. And I didn’t remember it was Helen Hunt Jackson that wrote it. That fact I found very interesting after owning my book store and having some of her books in my stock. There are still two more verses to this poem, but Mrs. Hunter didn't require us to memorize the last two. I agree with my teacher's decision. These 5 are the best of Ms. Jackson's poem.
While it is no longer September, I definitely woke up to that kind of day today; so the poem went through my mind once again. I think it is beautiful, so I wanted to post it along with some photos
from my yard that I took this morning….
I know! I will never be a photographer, but I had fun out there in the yard this morning trying to get some photos of the lingering effects of Mr. Frost's visit again last night. This visit was not at all unexpected, but 25 degrees? Ouch! Have mercy!! ;-)
It simply looked like garbage. It was laden with dust, with a faint odor of mildew. There were old, unimportant magazines on top of a pile...
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."
~~Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV
"I believe in the immortality of the soul, because I have within me immortal longings." ~Helen Keller
The American's Creed
I believe in the United states of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
Whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
A democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states;
A perfect union and inseparable;
Established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortues.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."
~~William Tyler Page
Thoughts on Success....
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
(or that which should be)
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." ~ Charles Dickens
"There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple, and useful life" ~ Booker T. Washington
James Oliver Curwood
"What the caterpillar calls the end, God
calls the butterfly."
"That gracious thing, made up of tears and light" - a rainbow.