The Feast of Lammas Late summer woods. I am a day late with this, and I’ll just blame it on electronic items who have no respect for traditional feast days. Seasons meld from one to another, not at the equinox and solstice but halfway between, in the quiet time when there are no other celebrations, but the sensitive person can feel the change, especially standing in the quiet relentless heat of a backwoods trail in August. I visited the trail on the Feast of Lammas, when summer gently gives over to autumn, growth turns to ripening, the natural world begins to settle itself in for harvest and rest in the dark of winter, and later that day the sense of change, in the woods and in myself, was still strong with me, and I wrote this poem. I also recorded it with a slideshow of images; this is embedded after the text of the poem. Wild Apples by Bernadette E. Kazmarski At a bend in the trail, The scent of wild apples greets me. A tree abandoned from an old orchard Or sprung up on its own from old stock, wild and uncultivated, Stands trailside, Heavy with small round burnished apples. The late summer heat releases their scent, Sweet and tart, that the world may know they have reached their prime; The wild perfume of the coming season. From another tree one single leaf lets go And falls, papery, dry and curled, slipping through branches Clattering to the summer-hardened clay of the trail, Loud in the silent heat of the August afternoon. Months before, Winter lost her grip, and, one by one, The wildflowers of spring began to bloom, Which, in their turn, faded into the shadows of the dense summer woods. Now summer is losing her strength, Autumn is thinning the woods And bearing her own flowers and fruits, Changing the palette of the landscape With bright summer greens turning gold, Deep rich shadows fading hazy blue. Soon autumn will blaze along the trail, And songbirds will move their chorus south. Already winter has touched my hair, And the smell of wild apples is in the air. Poem “Wild Apples” by Bernadette E. Kazmarski © 2007, may not be reproduced in any way without express written permission of the author. Links to this blog are fine. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS8SItfoU7M?rel=0] We notice these changes in ourselves in the great cycle of our own lives. This was the topic of my 2009 poetry reading at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Change of Season. I have published the collections of poetry from each of the four poetry readings, 2007 through 2010, in a book entitled Paths I Have Walked, which you can purchase on my website. Also visit the writing section of my website to read more poetry and see more art and photos. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Post navigation Turquoise Doorway: 2011City Fountain on a Hot Night: 2010 Leave a ReplyCancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.