Monday, September 22, 2008

Autumnatic

Guess what? Today is the first day of fall. It is in the low eighties today here in Tennessee, so it doesn't really feel like fall, but just knowing today is officially the day makes me both happy and sad. Happy because the endlessly long and humid Southern summer is almost over, but sad because soon it will be daylight savings time again, which means that it will be dark at five o'clock, but then happy again because I no longer have to wear shorts that expose my glowing white legs to the world, but sad because smoothies and yummy fruit popsicles will no longer be fun to eat.

Most of all though, as we draw closer to the end of another year I start to feel the weight of all the things that I promised myself I would accomplish this year. Hell, I even had a rhyming motto: "things will be great in 2008." Not that things haven't been good, they have been, but good does not rhyme with eight. Ah, well, there's always next year, and thankfully nine rhymes with the much more manageable goal of, "things will be fine in 2009."

In honor of the first day of Autumn I put to use a cool new website - brought to my attention by blog chain comrade HL Dyer - called Wordle. Of course, before I even knew exactly what it did I already loved it for making use of a totally made up word, but then I saw it in action and was even more impressed. Basically, you plug in words and it makes artistic words. I started my wordling with a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning entitled, "The Autumn".

You can see a better view of it here. And this is the actual poem:

The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them --
The summer flowers depart --
Sit still -- as all transform'd to stone,
Except your musing heart.

How there you sat in summer-time,
May yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing
Beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.

Oh! like that wind, is all the mirth
That flesh and dust impart:
We cannot bear its visitings,
When change is on the heart.
Gay words and jests may make us smile,
When Sorrow is asleep;
But other things must make us smile,
When Sorrow bids us weep!

The dearest hands that clasp our hands, --
Their presence may be o'er;
The dearest voice that meets our ear,
That tone may come no more!
Youth fades; and then, the joys of youth,
Which once refresh'd our mind,
Shall come -- as, on those sighing woods,
The chilling autumn wind.

Hear not the wind -- view not the woods;
Look out o'er vale and hill-
In spring, the sky encircled them --
The sky is round them still.
Come autumn's scathe -- come winter's cold --
Come change -- and human fate!
Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound,
Can ne'er be desolate.


Isn't it cool? I was loving it so much, I decided to try another poem - this time one of my favorites from Sylvia Plath - "Mad Girl's Love Song."


Again for a better view go here. And here is the actual poem.

Mad Girl's Love Song by Sylvia Plath
"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you'd return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)"


You can also find lots of cool other wordles that some of my blog chain buddies have made by following the links over to the right!

2 comments:

  1. Ha! You got sucked into the wordle machine too! Great wordle's Kate. And it's definitely fall here in Utah. The sky was black today, the wind howling like mad. And cold. :)

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  2. Cool! (Like the weather we're having)
    But I'm so not ready for fall. :(

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