Autumn Squirrel
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Circuit III - (20) The Morns are Meeker than They Were (J-0012) (F-0032)

(1) The morns are meeker than they were,    
The nuts are getting brown,
(2) The berry's cheek is plumper —
The Rose is out of town.

(3) The maple wears a gayer scarf,    
The field a scarlet gown —
(4) Lest I sh'd be old-fashioned,    
I'll put a trinket on.

~ Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1-meek insect songs vs. bird calls)
"Nature — the Gentlest Mother is, impatient of no child —
[...] her voice among the aisles incite the timid prayer
of the minutest cricket — the most unnworthy flower."
~ (J-0790) (F-0740)
(1-2) "Presents upon a tree, equally plausibly, but meat within is requisite,
to squirrels and to me." ~ (J-1073) (F-1081)
(1-4) "Who spun the auburn cloth? Computed how the girth?
The chestnut aged grows in those primeval clothes —"
~ (J-1371) (F-1414)
(3-4 Autumn colors-personal splendor)
"Purple — is fashionable twice — this season of the year, and
when a soul perceives itself to be an Emperor." ~ (J-0980) (F-0896)
(3) "The leaves, like women, interchange sagacious confidence;
somewhat of nods, and somewhat of portentous inference."
~ (J-0987) (F-1098)
(3-4, "Fourteener")
"The leaves are very gay —
but we know they are elderly."
~ (Fragment #111)
(4) "Nature is fond, I sometimes think, of trinkets, as a girl."
~ (J-0841) (F-0944)
(4) (afterword) "Besides the autumn poets sing a few prosaic days
a little this side of the snow and that side of the haze."
~ (J-0131) (F-0123)
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Photo Credit: earlywomenmasters.net ~ Autumn Squirrel
on an Iron Fence, Washington Square Park, NYC