Monday, 16 May 2011

villanelle

Posted by speedygeoff On Monday, May 16, 2011 | 4 comments
Coming Events, week 20 of year 2011:

Mon 16 May4:30pmParliament House 8k jog
5:30pmParliament House speedygeese training
Wed 18 May12:15pmBBQ Stakes 6k handicap
Thu 19 May12:30pmABS Fun Run, John Knight Park
4:00pmDickson Oval long run
5:30pmDickson Oval speedygeese training
Fri 20 May12:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k handicap
Sat 21 May8:00amMetro Runners Acton Ferry Terminal

3:00pmYCRC Half Marathon Eve 5k
Sun 22 May9:00amYCRC Rex Foulkes Half Marathon

The YCRC events this weekend are at Lennox Gardens. See you there Sunday morning! I have now entered, at last. But I feel I may be slow, as my fitness has not returned since the last Half Marathon, five weeks ago. Also it has been so coooooold in the mornings of late.

Autumn colours a few weeks ago. Now they are nearly gone.

WOULDST thou not be content to die
When low-hung fruit is hardly clinging,
And golden Autumn passes by?

Beneath this delicate rose-gray sky,
While sunset bells are faintly ringing,
Wouldst thou not be content to die?

For wintry webs of mist on high
Out of the muffled earth are springing,
And golden Autumn passes by.

O now when pleasures fade and fly,
And Hope her southward flight is winging,
Wouldst thou not be content to die?

Lest Winter come, with wailing cry
His cruel icy bondage bringing,
When golden Autumn hath passed by.

And thou, with many a tear and sigh,
While life her wasted hands is wringing,
Shalt pray in vain for leave to die
When golden Autumn hath passed by.

- Villanelle, by Edmund William Gosse

4 comments:

  1. Stunning Autumn colours - I love Autumn but the mornings are really really freezing now! However, I prefer to leave Canberra in winter - I would not be content to die!!

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  2. Glad it was -7 this morning. No wonder my hands were bloody freezing riding the motorbike to work!

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  3. Methinks the poet empathised with autumn leaves too much. p.s. the poem seems prophetic, when I published it I didn’t know about Wanjiru. Although, one would be unlikely to suggest that Wanjiru was in the autumn of his career.

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  4. He was so young - so very sad:(

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