Autumn Sonnets by May Sarton

Friday, September 28th, 2018

 

 

In our prayer books for the Jewish Holidays there are many essays, poems, and miscellaneous writings that are not only by rabbis or Jewish poets/singers like Leonard Cohen, but also wonderful writings of well-known authors such as May Sarton.

I came across one of her poems that I had never read before and wrote to my friend Coll, who loves May Sarton. She told me there was a You Tube reading by the author herself. Type in “Poem from the Autumn Sonnets”and you will hear her words on You Tube. The poem is actually about grieving and was in the sections the prayer book for saying Kaddish, the Hebrew prayer for the dead.  Here are the first two lines of Sarton’s poem:

If I can let you go as trees let go
Their leaves, so casually, one by one:…..

The You Tube also includes photos of May Sarton and of trees. Quite lovely. I want to write, “Stop to smell the roses,” but in this case, I say, “Stop to watch the leaves fall, as they are now beginning to do so in larger numbers—the reds, golds, purples, and brown make lovely fall rainbows on the ground!”

 

 

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