Thursday, October 20, 2016

Greenfield Park: A walk in the woods

With apologies to T. S. Eliot:

October is the coolest month, breeding
asters out of the dying land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
bright colors with cold autumn nights.
Winter will make us shiver, cover
Earth in forgetful snow, but today
resilient life and exuberant canopies!*

I’ve always loved October. Indian Summers and autumn colors enable me to put off the threat of winter for the time being. So far this October has been everything I’ve always loved about it.

Last year I was away from Milwaukee during the entire month of October. While I’m not complaining about my time in foreign places—I feel fortunate to be able to travel—I did vow to remain in Milwaukee this year and take in the colors. In fact, I’ve been out enjoying Milwaukee’s parks and the changing colors so often that I’m finding it hard to keep up with my excursions in my blog. Milwaukee and my mood are equally far from Eliot's "Waste Land."

So, here is one of my recent adventures, in Greenfield Park. Just photos:

To see many more photos from many more of Milwaukee's parks go to my Flickr album.

*Adapted from the opening passage of The Waste Land, by T. S. Eliot:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering 
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

No comments:

Post a Comment