Podcast: Autumn wistfulness

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Fiona writes: We speak up for the merits of wistfulness this week, and ponder over Basho’s directive (below).

I also mention kittens, as there are only two weeks until our pair arrive…

What are your thoughts about Autumn? Your experiences?

Do share in the comments, and thank you for listening.


An autumn night
don’t think your life
didn’t matter.



Autumn Day

Translated by Galway Kinnell and Hannah Liebmann

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense.
Lay your shadow on the sundials
and let loose the wind in the fields.

Bid the last fruits to be full;
give them another two more southerly days,
press them to ripeness, and chase
the last sweetness into the heavy wine.

Whoever has no house now will not build one anymore.
Whoever is alone now will remain so for a long time,
will stay up, read, write long letters,
and wander the avenues, up and down,
restlessly, while the leaves are blowing.

Rainer Maria Rilke
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