from Poem on His Birthday by Dylan Thomas
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 Summery 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.