That time of year

Wind from the Sea, Andrew Wyeth
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth from the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
That time of year thou mayst in me behold, William Shakespeare

Turkey Pond, Andrew Wyeth
That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
—Those dying generations—at their song
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unaging intellect.

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick…

-Sailing to Byzantium, William Butler Yeats

3 thoughts on “That time of year

  1. I’m sorry to hear that. Both Yeats and Shakespeare touch upon the aging process in a seemingly personal and affecting way. For Yeats, the scarecrow metaphor appears again and again… it was on my mind with the cold turning of the seasons

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