Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 22, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: The Song of Autumn

by Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833 – 1870).

A Song of Autumn

‘Where shall we go for our garlands glad
At the falling of the year,
When the burnt-up banks are yellow and sad,
When the boughs are yellow and sere?
Where are the old ones that once we had,                                       5
And when are the new ones near?
What shall we do for our garlands glad
At the falling of the year?’
‘Child! can I tell where the garlands go?
Can I say where the lost leaves veer                                            10
On the brown-burnt banks, when the wild winds blow,
When they drift through the dead-wood drear?
Girl! when the garlands of next year glow,
You may gather again, my dear—
But I go where the last year’s lost leaves go                                 15
At the falling of the year.’

Notes:
http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040302b.htm
http://bartleby.com/224/1203.html

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