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Poem of the Week: 15 October 2018

Autumn Fires

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

-Robert Louis Stevenson, 1913

Robert Louis Stevenson was a man known during his time from his books, travel writings, music endeavors, and poetry to name a few. He wrote Treasure Island if that gives you an idea. In this poem though he captures a change of the seasons that we’re now starting to experience in Clemson now (or what I hope to be…), the move into autumn. The air always seems to change from season to season and with the cold air of the fall making our skies crisp and clear, I’ve been noticing how blue the skies get during the day and how bright the stars are at night. This poem to me is a warm happy grin into fall as the narrator exclaims the new skies and first sites of the smoking fires from the air. It almost appears as an unofficial signaling to the leaving of summer and entering of fall for all around.

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