190. Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves… ~Humbert Wolfe

Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun!
One mellow smile through the soft vapory air. . .
Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee
Shall murmur by the hedge that skirts the way,
The cricket chirp upon the russet lea,
And man delight to linger in thy ray.
Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear
The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air.
~William Cullen Bryant


What a season of contrasts autumn is!  Many of its striking contradistinctions and “mellow smiles” can be seen on a single day, and yesterday was a fascinating example of Fall’s many faces.  Early in the morning the sky was a clear, brilliant blue, and as I wandered the yard I found a butterfly prettily perched on the leaves of a climbing rose.  Then the winds picked up and threatening clouds blew in.  About 30 minutes later, a narrow band of rain clouds passed over us leaving not a single drop, however, in their wake.  Afterwards the sun sat smiling again in the sapphire sky, but it was streaked with a few bands of Cirrus clouds.  Not too long after that the stormy/clear scenario repeated itself.  Finally late in the afternoon a blustery wind blew down like rain more of the yellow leaves off the willow tree as it chased the sun away for good.  What had been an almost balmy day in the mid-70‘s had rapidly changed, and the bite of the chilling north wind stung my unsuitably-clad body when I went out to unplug the fountain and close up the greenhouse.

He(God) wraps us the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.  ~Job 26:8  ✝

15 thoughts on “190. Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves… ~Humbert Wolfe

  1. Pingback: 190. Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves… ~Humbert Wolfe | Sacred Touches

    • I was surprised to find this one so late in the year Pauline. But here in Texas we have a long autumn and only this week got our first light freeze. Now today it’s going to be 85 again. So you just never know what you’re going to find out there in this corner of the world. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. May your day be blessed and restful. Natalie


  2. I was surprised to find this guy this late in the year, but we’ve only had one light freeze so far and anything is possible when the weather stays as nice as it has been and still is. I hope you have a great week, missy, and that your book is coming along splendidly.
    Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  3. Job 26:8 really makes me think on the meaning. I am sure it is much deeper than what it appears. Our weather was similar today. Warm and balmy. Then the dark clouds rolled in. We are to have 60 mph winds tomorrow. What a change. Seems like it might be like Hurricane Alley.


    • Oh, I hope your storms are nothing like the ones that hit the midwest today. This time of year, the weather can turn on a dime it seems. Several years ago, we had a day in November that started out in the 90’s and by bedtime it was 15 outside. If I hadn’t lived through it I wouldn’t have believed a drop that drastic could happen in that short a period of time. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


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