Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Harvest Apples On My Dining Table And A Little Robert Frost

After completing the Sunflower Chandy this past week, I started putting together something new for my pine farmhouse table that sits below the chandy.  I found this Robert Frost poem a few weeks back and wanted to share it as well.  Hope you enjoy the images and I think the poem is brilliant.

After Apple Picking

by Robert Frost
My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.
I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the water-trough,
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and reappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
And I keep hearing from the cellar-bin
That rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking; I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall,
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised, or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.


-The End-
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Ken said...

love the poem!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Love that bowl! Pretty colors!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I love that bowl too! I stopped by the other day, but didn't have time to comment on the sunflower chandy. I would have never thought of this. Great job!

Ranger 911 said...

Make that another "I love that bowl!"

Jena @ Involving Color said...

Lesley, that is such a great poem, and I love your fall table! Your sunflower chandelier is beautiful and so creative. Thanks so much for linking up to Roomspiration!