Day 25 | A Collection of Autumn Writings

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." - John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus

"At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost." - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cezanne

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." - Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

"Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn - that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness - that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling. - Jane Austen, Persuasion


In light of these beautifully written words about Autumn, consider stepping outside yourself this weekend, with notebook and pen in toe, and write about what you see in your surroundings. Describe the leaves, the shortened daylight, the scents, sounds, and experiences of autumn.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!