October Dawn Illustrated
A seasonal favorite by Ted Hughes, translated to Southern Rockies visual language. Landscapes are courtesy of the Chama Basin, Colorado. It was a morning on which to enjoy autumn’s savour of the Pleistocene.
October is marigold,
A glass half full of wine left out
To the dark heaven all night, by dawn
Has dreamed a premonition
….across its eye as if
The ice-age had begun to heave.
The lawn overtrodden and strewn
From the night before, and the whistling green
Shrubbery are doomed. Ice
Has got its spearhead into place.
Soon plate and rivet on pond and brook;
Then tons of chain and massive lock
To hold rivers….
….Then, sound by sight
Will Mammoth and Saber-tooth celebrate
Reunion while a fist of cold
Squeezes the fire at the core of the world,
Squeezes the fire at the core of the heart,
And now it is about to start.
Thanks to Steve for the annual reminder!