These must be the colors of returning
the leaves darkened now but staying on
into the bronzed morning among the seed heads
and the dry stems and the umbers of October
the secret season that appears on its own
a recognition without a sound
long after the day when I stood in its light
out on the parched barrens beside a spring
all but hidden in a tangle of eglantine
and picked the bright berries made of that summer
–W. S. Merwin, from his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Shadow of Sirius.
An early reminder that Bill Ellis and Graeme Hughes will be reading and discussing selections from W. S. Merwin‘s book, The Shadow of Sirius, on January 26th 2017.