Monday, November 24, 2008

My pond is frozen and so am I

Go, sit upon the lofty hill, and turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild, do hymn an autumn sound.The summer sun is faint on them — the summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone, except your musing heart.How there you sat in summer-time, may yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing, beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around, you would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees, doth cause a leaf to fall.
Oh! like that wind, is all the mirth, that flesh and dust impart:
We cannot bear its visitings, when change is on the heart.
Hear not the wind — view not the woods; look out o’er vale and hill —
In spring, the sky encircled them — the sky is round them still.
Come autumn’s scathe — come winter’s cold — come change — and human fate!
Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound, can ne’er be desolate.

With thanks and apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but I have to respectfully disagree. I will count down the days until spring. Until then, I might be a tad crabby.

6 comments:

Bush Babe said...

Poor Pam. Love the verse and the bleak pics. Come over to my place to warm up, love!
:-)
BB

Dingo said...

I love Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I also love the pic of those red berry thingys. The water in our patio plants froze for the first time last night. Ugh, I'm not ready.

Gem said...

Hi Pam, It looks so cold! Hope you can stay nice and warm and don't have to venture out too much. I won't tell you how warm it is here - oh hang on I just did - sorry!
Cheers

A Novel Woman said...

You Aussies are cruel. Cruel, I tell you.

It snowed all day, a kind of sleety snow that was heavy and wet under grey skies. And so it begins....

Lynne said...

Pam, do you have a copy of Vikki's
holiday recipe for making *something*
containing Cuervo? Love the pictures!

A Novel Woman said...

Lynne, go to the post on 12/19/07 or just put Christmas Cookie Recipe in the blog search and you'll find it.