On the eve of Advent …

… and from beneath 11+ inches of snow, I give you a remnant of this year’s glorious autumn and one of my wanderings with Carmen the dog.

God’s World
— Edna St. Vincent Millay
O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
    Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!
    Thy mists, that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag
To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!

Long have I known a glory in it all,
    But never knew I this;
    Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart,—Lord, I do fear
Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year;
My soul is all but out of me,—let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.

I don’t know about you, but I often find deep comfort in the realization that what I feel and experience has been felt and experienced before, by disparate people and over decades and centuries and millennia. And I am particularly delighted when those feelings and experiences are expressed as eloquently as this!


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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2 Responses to On the eve of Advent …

  1. dawnk777 says:

    Fall was rather pretty in my neck of the woods, too. The color just went on and on and on. Every time I thought it was done, I’d find another pretty tree. I feel like we had a decent fall and didn’t get gypped with dull colors.

  2. dawnk777 says:

    Oh yeah, I love your snow-capped coneflower seed heads, too. Mine might get to look like that tomorrow! (December 8th). 4-7 inches of snow is predicted.

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