Saturday, October 22, 2011

Death of the Land

Autumn: A Dirge
~Percy Bysshe Shelley~

The warm sun is falling, the black wind is wailing
The bare boughs are sighing, the pale flowers are dying,
And the Year
Of the earth is her death bed, in a shroud of leaves dead,
Is lying.
Come Months, come away,
From November to May,
In your saddest array:
Follow the bier
Of the dead cold Year,
And like dim shadows watch by her sepulchre.

The chill rain is falling, the nipped worm is crawling,
The rivers are swelling, the thunder is knelling
For the Year;
The blithe swallows are flown, and the lizards each gone
To his dwelling.
Come, Months, come away;
Put on white, black and gray;
Let your light sisters play--
Ye, follow the bier
Of the dead cold Year,
And make her grave green with tear on tear.

image found here.


  1. Nice poem about the approaching "Season of Death"
    Hope you are well Lady Moss....No idea why someone would even steal two pumpkins from my bedroom... oh well.... We are still trying to "hang in there" (and I do Not mean "Hanging myself either) Drinking beer from a "McDonald's' Riddler" cup waiting to see if Alex shows up to Fix my Computer.... (i do believe that my neighbors like it better when it is running correctly ,For then my Computer does not repeatedly Shout "Boo !!!" ( Its Close program sound )(Open program sound is "Yes" spoken by the "all Man" Angus Scrimm) We wish you and yours a very nice Weekend..... The Doctor

  2. Love Shelley! That's a gorgeous photo, too!!

  3. Love, Love the poem and the photograph! So very atmospheric! Wonderful read! :o)

  4. WOW that was a great poem. It fit that photo perfectly.

  5. Gorgeous poem witha gorgeous photo! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. ^-^


  6. Hi Dr. Theda

    Thank you. All is well here, hope it is the same with you. Sorry to hear of the pumpkin theft. Hope your computer is fixed soon.

    Take care. Blessings, Lady Moss.

  7. Hi Little Gothic Horrors

    Thank you. I'm happy you enjoyed both.

  8. Hi Wendy

    Thank you. I felt it very fitting for this tiime of year.

    Blessings, V.

  9. Hi wicKED

    Thanks. Hope you are having a wicked weekend.

  10. Hi TheBlackDuchess

    Thank you. All is well in my neck of the woods, hope the same for you.

    Blessings, V.

  11. Vivienne, I love the poem and I love the picture! I can see that picture in a movie, or I can see ot in the "Game of Thrones". Have you seen that t.v show? Excellent post! Blessings my friend ;o)

  12. What a beautiful photo, it's a perfect match for the poem. I get so entranced by the colorful leaves where I live I forget for a bit that Autumn is, indeed, the time of dying. Or, as I like to think of it, the beginning of the Great Rest for plants and trees.

    Blessings, Victoria

  13. Hi Magic Love Crow

    Thank you. I love "Game of Thrones" and your right, the picture does look like it could be a scene in the show.

    Blessings my friend, V.

  14. Hi Adsila

    Thank you!! Take care.

    Blessings, V.

  15. Hi Victoria

    Thank you. I like the thought of the "Great Rest". So meaningful. The beautiful thing about the dying of the land is the knowing that there will be an awesome rebirth come Spring.

    Blessings, V.

  16. HI V...Pure words and imagery always..I enjoy my visits and adventures into your beautiful realm here..magical each time!
    Thankyou kindred..I am so happy to have met you and your enchanted land!

  17. Hi V~

    Thank you for the magical words of kindness.
    It is always a blessing to see that you have visited my blog. I am so happy to have met you as well. It is nice to know there are kindred spirits around.

    Blessings, V.