Monday, July 9, 2007

Twelve Moons of the Year. September 04.

Significant sentences from The Twelve Moons of the Year by Hal Borland, a chronology of the New England seasons. September 04.

"The cricket has six legs, which make it an insect; two antennae, which make it a creature of sensitive feelings; two wings that can be scraped together which make it a nuisance." p. 260.

September: "The chill of dawn seems even colder when one remembers the hot days of only a month ago." p. 261.

"Half an hour's walk can provide half an hour's work getting burs off your clothes, to which they cling with hooks and spurs and barbs and spines." p. 262.

"September days when the sky is clear and clean, when the air is crisp...." p. 265.

September: "Late cicadas buzz in early afternoon; field crickets fiddle in the tall grass at the country roadside; at dusk the katydids set up their clamor, crows caw with less than usual raucousness; bees still hum over fading heads of goldenrod." p. 265.

"It is the maples that make the spectacular flame of color that comes swooping down through the northeastern woodland." p. 265.

"The sumacs are early color, embers that ignite the big blaze." p. 265.

"And the color laps up the hillsides to the sugar maples and they turn scarlet and orange and gold, so golden that they seem to radiate their own sunlight." p. 266.

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