Nature Inspirations for September 2019 include: Nature Poem: Song at the Beginning of Autumn, Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) and Nature Music Piece: Orchestra Suite no. 3 in D Major, Bach



Nature Poem

Song at the Beginning of Autumn

Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001)


Now watch this autumn that arrives

In smells. All looks like summer still;

Colours are quite unchanged, the air

On green and white serenely thrives.

Heavy the trees with growth and full 

The fields. Flowers flourish everywhere.


Proust who collected time within

A child's cake would understand 

The ambiguity of this -

Summer still raging while a thin

Column of smoke stirs from the land

Proving that autumn gropes for us.


But every season is a kind

Of rich nostalgia. We give names -

Autumn and summer, winter, spring -

As though to unfasten from the mind

Our moods and give them outward forms.

We want the certain, solid thing.


But I am carried back against 

My will into a childhood where

Autumn is bonfires, marbles, smoke;

I lean against my window fenced

From evocations in the air.

When I said autumn, autumn broke.



Nature Music Piece

Orchestra Suite no. 3 in D Major