I speak this poem now with grave and level voice
In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall.
I praise the flower-barren fields, the clouds, the tall
Unanswering branches where the wind makes sullen noise.
Enforce the green and bring the fallow land to birth,
Nor winter yet weigh all with silence the pine bough,
But now in autumn with the black and outcast crows
Share we the spacious world: the whispering year is gone:
There is more room to live now: the once secret dawn
Between the mutinous brave burning the leaves
And winter’s covering of our hearts with his deep snow
We are alone: there are no evening birds: we know
It is the human season. On this sterile air
Do words outcarry breath: the sounds goes on and on.
I hear a dead man’s cry from autumn long since gone.
I cry to you beyond upon this bitter air.
Why a poem? Because I’ve run out of ways to say beautiful.