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Autumn Fires
Robert Louis Stevenson


In the other gardens
   And all up in the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
   See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over,
   And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
   The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
   Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
   Fires in the fall!

This poem is in the public domain.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894) was a Scottish author whose gift for writing ranged from poetry and fiction to travelogues and essays. For many of us, Stevenson was perhaps the first poet to whom we were introduced, through his wonderful book, A Child's Garden of Verses. We may have encountered him again in our youth, in the exotic pages of Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Always sickly, Robert left his beloved Scotland and spent the latter half of his life in the kinder climate of the South Sea islands. He died much too young and is buried in Samoa, where his tomb is engraved with lines from his poem, "Requiem:" "Under the wide and starry sky/dig the grave and let me lie."


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Wilda Morris:
Back when we didn't know it was bad to burn leaves!
Posted 10/19/2023 08:13 AM
Lovely choice for the day!
Posted 10/18/2023 08:53 PM
The last stanza is a nice poem by itself.
Posted 10/18/2023 12:08 PM
Ah, rhyming couplets in quatrains . . . what would English poetry be without them?
Posted 10/18/2023 11:25 AM
I can smell the burning leaves.
Posted 10/18/2023 09:43 AM
liz dolan:
Yes, simple and no posturing.
Posted 10/18/2023 08:52 AM
Larry Schug:
So simple, so perfect.
Posted 10/18/2023 08:26 AM
Joan Luther:
Even though poetry today can be criticized for rhyming, theres something magical about that pulls my heartstrings to read works like this. Thx for sharing, Jayne!
Posted 10/18/2023 06:04 AM

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