“…And I rose In rainy autumn And walked abroad in a shower of all my days…” How I love those lines from Dylan Thomas’ magnificent “Poem in October”. On the first rainy, cooling, leaf-blown October day each year – that’s today, where we live! – I dig out my battered old copy of Thomas’ Collected Poems to read “Poem in October” to myself, whilst gazing out of our third floor window into the Botanic Gardens below, just beginning to unfold its autumn glory.
This year, I also have the pleasure of presenting a new, vibrant autumn poem, Mabon Moon, from Scottish poet Carole Bone, whose work I have featured several times before on this blog. Carole’s poetic senses express themselves visually as well as verbally; I’m delighted to be accompanying the poem with some of her autumnal images.
And the optional fairy? Chainsaw Creations have just recently spirited her into delightful Cairnhill Woods, near Glasgow, Scotland, UK, where Carole takes many photographs. “If you go down to the woods today…”
Gaudy Summer fades.
Autumn ignites the soul
With fingers of fire
Lusty red and purple berries
Bejewel her slender branches
With wanton abundance
She scatters fruit and seed
Consummating the fertile earth
Soft mist and wood smoke
Spices cold sharp air as
The Mabon Moon arises
Like a ripe orange, sits
On a basket of naked branches
Crazy paving the October sky
Slowly she drops her gown
Of smouldering scarlet and gold
Fiercely blushing in coy embarrassment
Season of sensuous knowledge
Voluptuous in velvet colour
Honeysweet in her decay.
N.B. Says Carole: “In Pagan or Wiccan tradition, Mabon is the mid-harvest festival at the Autumn Equinox when we honour the changing seasons. It is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether abundant crops or other blessings. The full Moon after the equinox is called the Mabon, Harvest or Hunter’s Moon.”
To see Carole’s bio and her publications list, click
Carole Bone – Bio and Publications
Contact Carole at: firstname.lastname@example.org
400 words copyright Anne Whitaker 2014
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4 thoughts on “Autumn: a Scottish poet’s take in words and images – with optional fairy…”
So much lovely verse here! I’ve never read Dylan Thomas’s “October” poem, so I enjoyed that a good bit. And the vingettes of autumn Carole offers are beautiful. Timely, too. Next Thursday’s the beginning of our Harvest Moon Regatta – a long-standing, offshore race. it’s the closest to an autumn ritual/celebration we have around here!
Wish I could be at your Regatta – sounds fun!
I had – believe it or not – never come across the term Mabon Moon until Carole explained it. I’ve always known it as Hunters’ Moon….but Mabon Moon sounds more esoteric, more pagan, shot with mystery, somehow…
Thanks for your lovely comment shoreacres delighted you enjoyed the poem and I agree with Anne, your Regatta sounds fabulous ;-).
Your poem has been very well read, Carole – and lots of Facebook Shares, I see! Thanks so much for providing it – so timeous for the season….