Fall and spring are the unsettled seasons.
The first is the season of the air;
the second is the season of water.
Fall leads to the settled season of the earth;
spring leads to the settled season of the sun.
As transition seasons, fall and spring are pulled back
by the season past which will not give up, and forward
by the season ahead which is not yet in place.
from Poem On His Birthday by Dylan Thomas
My birthday began with the water-
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name
Above the farms and the white horses
And I rose
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days.
High tide and the heron dived when I took the road
Over the border
And the gates
Of the town closed as the town awoke.
A springful of larks in a rolling
Cloud and the roadside bushes brimming with whistling
Blackbirds and the sun of October
On the hill’s shoulder,
Here were fond climates and sweet singers suddenly
Come in the morning where I wandered and listened
To the rain wringing
Wind blow cold
In the wood faraway under me.