September 22, 2008–the autumnal equinox–fall at last. My favorite season.
And it felt like fall this morning. Canada geese flying over. The first leaves changing color.
It’s no surprise that in two of my all-time favorite books, the authors write of fall.
In Journal of a Solitude, May Sarton wrote of a September day, “The sun is out. I woke to lovely mists, dew on spider webs everywhere, although the asters look beaten down after the rain and the cosmos pretty well battered. But these days one begins to look up at the flowering of color in the leaves, so it is easier to bear that the garden flowers are going one by one.”
In Light Years, James Salter wrote, “In the morning the light came in silence. The house slept. The air overhead, glittering, infinite, the moist earth beneath–one could taste this earth, its richness, its density, bathe in the air like a stream. Not a sound….Autumn morning. The horses in nearby fields are standing motionless. The pony already has a heavier coat; it seems too soon.”
And then there’s Edith Wharton in The House of Mirth: “The afternoon was perfect. A deeper stillness possessed the air, and the glitter of the American autumn was tempered by a haze which diffused the brightness without dulling it. In the woody hollows of the park there was already a faint chill…”
That’s what we had in Columbus this morning, a faint chill, presaging the lovely fall days ahead. Only one hundred days left in the year. Here they come and there they go. Catch as many as you can.
I’m reading that Salter novel right now. You picked an excellent passage. It must have been a difficult decision. Everything he writes is pregnant with beauty.