The Harvest Moon in anticipation

The Harvest Moon

It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs of villages, on woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhoods of nests
Deserted, on the curtained window-panes
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!
Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,
With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!
All things are symbols: the external shows
Of Nature have their image in the mind,
As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;
The song-birds leave us at the summer’s close,
Only the empty nests are left behind,
And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (+1882)

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  1. Sedgwick says:

    “All things are symbols…” – uh-oh, looks like Longfellow didn’t know about divine revelation…

    I didn’t know you were a moonie, Father Z:

  2. grottoflower says:

    published in gifts of soul author mary margaret kujawa copt rites established by mmk the city THE CITY He played his guitar under the city lights young shane with his piecing eyes. his mellow voice was sad. mean alcoholic dad= honor your father it says. my milwukee mother is dying not from cancer. not cocaine but weary of no love. oh st. paul city of many lakes and trees can you hear my uncried tears somehow i know you can. beyond a galaxy of stars a youth matures beyond death and pain to trust in a mighty abba” written by mary margaret kujawa “grottoflower”

  3. grottoflower says:

    poetry speaks a part of our own saouls i think

  4. Rob in Maine says:

    Portland’s Favorite Son!

    I used to be a docent at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland oldest home (1786) and childhood home of The Poet.

  5. Ioannes Andreades says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the Harvest Moon this year falls in October, a relatively infrequent event:

  6. J Kusske says:

    Yes, I think the Harvest Moon is next month’s (as well as being the Mid Autumn Festival Moon in China). But I did hear a local TV weatherman refer to this month’s full moon as the “Corn Moon”. That one was new to me!

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