September 7, 2009
Today is traditionally considered the End of Summer. Lately, while out walking, I have been trying to see that moment in time when one season passes to another. Of course, that's not possible; it's more like a series of moments.
I read this journal entry a month ago, the words sticking in my mind. Thoreau wrote this in early August, but it seems that only now, in the past few days, has the landscape taken on a new hue.
Journal, August 1854:
There is a light on the earth and leaves, as if they were burnished.
It is the glistening autumnal side of summer.
I feel a cool vein in the breeze, which braces my thought,
and I pass with pleasure over sheltered and sunny portions of the sand,
where the summer's heat is undiminished,
and I realize what a friend I am losing.
This off side of summer glistens like a burnished shield.
In mid-summer we are of the earth - confounded with it, - and covered with its dust.
Now we begin to erect ourselves somewhat, and walk upon its surface.
I am not so much reminded of former years, as of existence prior to years.
1 month ago