September: Jacques Réda’s Elegaic Calendar

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Jamais le ciel n’aura paru so profond et si bleu,

Si vaste l’étendue où les forêts sombres encore

Offrent au vent plus large un front de frâicheur et de feu.

Les champs rouges, les prés, les collines et jusqu’à l’ombre

De chaque arbre isolé sur l’herbe et de chaque poteau,

La lumière les prend, les pénètre; elle désencombre

Les chemins blanc où la chaleur desserre son étau.

Et celui qui marche a senti le bond brusque des routes

Dans le cercle agrandi du jour vers tous les horizons

S’étonne-t-il que le déclin proche de la saison

Entrâine un tel sursaut de vie et d’espace?

Never will the sky have appeared so deep,  so blue,

so vast the open spaces where the forests, still in shadow,

seem to breathe out, glinting, under the broad wind.

Light holds and penetrates

the glowing fields, meadows, and hills, sharpens

each  lone tree and post against the grass.

Light makes the white paths simple,  frees them

from the grip of heat. The road leaps and stretches

under your feet as you walk,  the day expands to the horizon –

the world opens into pure distance.  Are you surprised that the season

should depart on this miraculous sweep, this surge of life?

Jaques Réda: Elegaic Calendar

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6 thoughts on “September: Jacques Réda’s Elegaic Calendar

    1. I’m glad you liked it Jacqui. Of course it’s your September, not ours – we comefrom spring into summer as you you go from from summer into autumn. But the feeling is exactly the same, that sharpness and brightness that comes into the air as autumn comes on.

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