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Here, Again: The Autumn Equinox

Written for the Avebury Gorsedd, 24th September 2016 I wish you well... I’m here, again… Come riding in, upon the western wave My hair all wove with golden leaves, my breast As pale as moonlight on a hidden grave And all the sins of summer long confessed I come, again… In sweeping skirts, with white swan feathers strewn To brush the summer dust from weary grass Make ash of aspen, damp the flame of noon Before the frost freeze water into glass I bring, to you… Windfallen apples, berries from the hedge Long shadows on the barrows, and the chalk Wild winds to stir the willows and the sedge And mist, and myth, down every path you walk I’m here, again… The promise of the harvest to fulfil The energy of autumn, streaming through The swirling springs that spiral round the hill To drench the land in red and russet hue I come, again… Between the longest day and shortest night To fill the blood and marrow of your bones With all the orange glory of the light Before the dark descend upon the stones I bring, to you… A cornucopia of ripened fruit Dark juices of the vine in bottles bright To nourish soul and body, to transmute Your thought to dream, your dream to second sight For I am She… Am Autumn writ, in every field and tree Am mistress of the Owl and running Hare So yield unto my kiss, and blesséd be And dance with me, oh Druid, if you dare… @ Gail Foster 23rd September 2016

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Date: 1/13/2017 3:48:00 AM
Once again your are an assett to poetry. Make me want to read up on your Druids.
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Date: 10/7/2016 5:15:00 AM
This is inspired. A poem full of richness, beauty and reverence. I was searching this site for poems about autumn, and I came across this, which in my opinion sits comfortably alongside John Keats' Ode To Autumn. I gave you a 6 only because perfection does not exist in this world.
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Date: 9/27/2016 8:00:00 AM
This is a superb poem, Gail:) what deep metaphors and such lovely imagery!! Congratulations on your Poem of the Day:) a 7 for this beauty:)
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:09:00 AM
Thank you, Jo, for your words and for your '7'. I worked hard on this one, and I'm well chuffed that people have liked it so much. All the best to you.
Date: 9/27/2016 4:10:00 AM
- A wonderful poems, Gail :) - Well deserved and well done - 7 - Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. !!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:07:00 AM
Thank you very much! I only just that my poem was p.o.t.d. yesterday, and I'm delighted. All good things to you.
Date: 9/27/2016 3:09:00 AM
what an incredible poem Gail - the imagery is absolutely stunning - am making it massive fave and congrats on POTD:-) hugs jan xx
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:06:00 AM
Aw, thanks Jan. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Best wishes x
Date: 9/27/2016 1:01:00 AM
Wonderful write. Very deep and meaningful write. A big congrats from me. A7 & fav from me...........//Hugs
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Date: 9/26/2016 11:46:00 PM
This is beautiful, every word, third time read. W Thank you for sharing.
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:05:00 AM
Thank you so much. My pleasure.
Date: 9/26/2016 9:00:00 PM
Very nice indeed! Congratulations for Poem of the Day
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:04:00 AM
Thank you kindly, Judy
Date: 9/26/2016 7:32:00 PM
Gail, this glorious poem celebrating the autumn equinox deserves POTD! Congratulations on it being honored! 7 ; )
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:04:00 AM
Thank you very much for your comment and your 7, Connie
Date: 9/26/2016 4:50:00 PM
I feel this with a depth that moves my spirit.well done Gail.
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:03:00 AM
Oh, that's lovely, thank you!
Date: 9/26/2016 2:11:00 PM
I wish to write as you have. All that is in this poem is in my heart. Thanks for making my day. Great POTD!
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:03:00 AM
Thank you so much, Marilyn. To make someone's day is a wonderful thing.
Date: 9/26/2016 11:51:00 AM
Such a beautiful description of the beauty and bounty of autumn, Gail. Congratulations on POTD. Well deserved! A7+
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:02:00 AM
Thank you for your 7, Daniel, and for your interest in my work. All the best to you.
Date: 9/26/2016 2:36:00 AM
WOW!!!
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/27/2016 9:00:00 AM
Thank you very much for your 'Wow'! One doesn't get many of them to the pound these days, so cheers!
Date: 9/25/2016 5:47:00 AM
Gail, this one is a Fave! I love your poem, for the beautiful imagery and the message. Do you regularly write for the Avebury Gorsedd? (I have been to Avebury once, what a magical place.) Blessed be, Agnes
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Gail Foster
Date: 9/25/2016 3:35:00 PM
Hello there, thank you for your kind words. This is my fifth poem for the Gorsedd, one for each solstice and equinox since autumn last year. It's been a joy and a privilege to read them in the Circle. Best wishes to you.