Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires Autumn-Wallpaper-autumn-35867786-1280-800
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!


As it’s coming up to the first day of Autumn – my favourite season – it seems only appropriate that today’s poem’s subject follows suit. There’s not so much to read into with this one, it’s simply a gorgeous tangle of imagery of the transition of the seasons; the transition from summer to autumn. Stevenson draws a beautiful parallel between the season of Autumn and a blazing fire; ‘the autumn bonfires.’ It’s as if ‘all the summer flowers’ have been set alight and burned to the crispness of the leaves in Autumn, in all the shades of red, orange and yellow; a flickering flame. The grass beneath the trees are covered by these leaves like flames that lick the green grass and sets the blades burningThis poem fills me with excitement for the Autumn and the parallels drawn to fire can be taken in the literal sense with the days beginning to chill as we close in on October. The time for knits and mittens grows nearer, and I wish you all a very happy and fiery Autumn.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)