Inspiration for a Rainy Autumn Day

Autumn Leaves 
(Painting by Rosemary Ladd)


"Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses
scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone
and the days grow cold."
-  A Children's Song of the 1880's

"I love fall! Fall is exciting.
It's apples and cider.
It's an airborne spider.
It's pumpkins in bins.
It's burrs on dog's chins.
It's wind blowing leaves.
It's chilly red knees.
It's nuts on the ground.
It's a crisp dry sound.
It's green leaves turning
And the smell of them burning.
It's clouds in the sky.
It's fall. That's why…
I love fall."
-   Author Unknown


"Nature is, above all, profligate.   Don't believe them when they tell you how
economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil.  
Wouldn't it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place?"
-   Annie Dillard


"The stripped and shapely
Maple grieves
The ghosts of her
Departed leaves.

The ground is hard,
As hard as stone.
The year is old,
The birds are flown."
-   John Updike

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