Untitled [Each crisp autumn]
Each crisp autumn
there are fewer leaves, more clarity—
light cycles of the haymound
odors of late roses
rivers rushing where we
content in the casual chaos of each
season, plotting no espionage
because we did not know
the world as terror then.
Copyright © 1995 by Rose Styron. “Each Crisp Autumn” was originally published in By Vineyard Light (Rizzoli International Publications, 1995). Reprinted with permission of the author.
Rose Styron is the author of four poetry collections: Fierce Day (Friesen Press, 2015), By Vineyard Light (Rizzoli, 1995), Thieves' Afternoons (Viking, 1973), and From Summer to Summer (Viking, 1965). She has written introductions to Letters to My Father (Lousiana State University Press, 2009), a collection of letters written by her husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Styron, to his father, and The Selected Letters of William Styron (Random House, 2012), which she edited. Also a human rights activist, Styron has traveled widely for Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. She lives on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Date Published: 2017-12-04
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/untitled-each-crisp-autumn