BG (03/15/1957 / New Jersey)

Ode To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimmed their clammy cell.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,---
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

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Hey Bob, did you know that the bible says it’s an abomination to eat shellfish? Yesiree, it’s right there in black and white. No doubt about it. And yet, look at all the self-righteous bible-quoting bozos complaining about gay marriage as they chow down on a plate of jumbo shrimp. I guess they think it’s okay to select which parts of the bible they personally think are important and which parts they think they can conveniently ignore. Well, if it’s okay to be selective like that, then I choose to focus on the parts of the bible that deal with helping the sick and the poor, and just ignore all that dopey anti-gay nonsense (not that there’s very much of it in the bible anyway) . I’m pretty sure that’s what Jesus would want. Not that he explicitly told me that. But then, he’s kind of an indirect guy these days.