drunk with the season’s wine
...Thoreau's Journal: 04-Aug-1851

Now the hardhack and meadow-sweet reign, the former one of our handsomest flowers, I think. The mayweed, too, dusty by the roadside, and in the fields I scent the sweet-scented ever-lasting, which is half expanded. The grass is withered by the drought. The potatoes begin generally to flat down. The corn is tasseled out; its crosses show in all the fields above the blades. The turnips are growing in its midst.

As my eye rested on the blossom of the meadow-sweet in a hedge, I heard the note of an autumnal cricket, and was penetrated with the sense of autumn. Was it sound? or was it form? or was it scent? or was it flavor? It is now the royal month of August. When I hear this sound, I am dry as the rye which is everywhere cut and housed, though I am drunk with the season’s wine.


michael jameson said...

august is a beautiiful month!, the aromas of all that is flowered and green !,yet i saw a tree that had already started to change?,its leaves were partially yellow on the one side! maybe a bug or a blight ?, even so it scares me to think fall is just around the corner! and it will stay with me now and gradually i will see and smell more signs of its approach! i am left with a personal sad feeling knowing of th long wait ahead of me! not that it will be bad just different. michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com

vanjulio said...

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