Sunday, November 4, 2012

Deep In The Brain, Far Back

Night Crow

When I saw that clumsy crow
Flap from the wasted tree,
A shape in the mind rose up:
Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird
Further and further away
Into a moonless black
Deep in the brain, far back.

--Theodore Roethke

Isn't that a marvelous poem that sort of swirls around in the sky of your head?  I think of it as a Fall poem, meant to be read when electric yellow leaves fly through dark grey days and the world feels a little uncertain.  There is a depth to this time of year that I can appreciate.  The fall has more texture than the other seasons; the colors stand out, even more than the rioting flowers of summer.  The air feels different, expectant maybe.  The other seasons are more straightforward, but there's a quality now that seems mysterious.  I love it.  

I have had adventures away and adventures at home lately; I love both.  Here are some pictures that tell a bit of my fall story so far:
We grew a thumbkin this year!  Won't the fairies love it?


last hurrah

dear friends


big maple at dusk

the river

happy in the kitchen

very impressive

cool, huh?

Korean War Memorial--ghostly!

a walk in the Virginia woods

Whoa!  Miller almost stepped on this fellow.  

Caretaker's house at the old, now-closed prison in Lorton, VA.  Eerie.

pumpkin catapult

airborne and leaf-bound!

hot soup and cream biscuits for a chilly night

May the Night Crow land on your bedpost and carry you over the gulfs of dream...


  1. A nice window into the variety of adventures. Fall is the most contemplative season. The colors as a final defiance before decay/withdrawal but knowing emergence will come with time. Your brain certainly is not a moonless black, though, as it is evident there are shimmering lights in all corners.

  2. I love the happy kitchen. Love to see your faces! The kids are so big (waaaaa) and I wish I was there watching them catapult the pumpkins! I LIke your trip pics.! Can't wait to see you soon. Congratulations on a successful Volleyball Season!!

  3. Hey thANks for including a few shots from our wonderful northern visit. Twas grand. I love that you got to Virginia,(?) too. Next stop: FRANCE! Keep up the kitchen adventures. We like pesto now, thanks to you! :O)

  4. Glad to see you blogging again, here as well as your wreath blog. The Roethke poem, your narrative, and the pictures are super!--Dad