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 Dawn


October is marigold,

October is marigold

….and yet
A glass half full of wine left out

To the dark heaven all night, by dawn
Has dreamed a premonition

Of ice….

Autumn fog, Chama Basin Colorado, October 2010.

….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.

Harebells under autumn's first frost, Chama Basin, Colorado, October 2010.
First a skin, delicately here
Restraining a ripple from the air;

Soon plate and rivet on pond and brook;
Then tons of chain and massive lock

To hold rivers….

Lifting autumn storm in Colorado's Chama Basin, October 2010.

….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,

Autumn morning in Colorado's Chama Basin, October 2010.

Squeezes the fire at the core of the heart,
And now it is about to start.

An early storm in Colorado's Chama Basin, October 2010.

 

Thanks to Steve for the annual reminder!

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