Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halcyon Days

Not from successful love alone,
Nor wealth, nor honor'd middle age, nor victories of politics or war;
But as life wanes, and all the turbulent passions calm,
As gorgeous, vapory, silent hues cover the evening sky,
As softness, fulness, rest, suffuse the frame, like fresher, balmier air, 
As the days take on a mellower light, and the apple at last hangs really
finish'd and indolent-ripe on the tree,
Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all!
The brooding and blissful halcyon days!

~Walt Whitman


All over Blogdom there are wonderful posts being created for a 31-day series. Many of them involve decorating ideas, which are delightful and I enjoy them.

Two are going to involve some thought-provoking posts. I know this because they already have. You will find them at Creekside Cottage and Thinking About Home

A lovely day to you...


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33 comments:

  1. First off I love Walt Whitman and have an original book of his published poems that belonged to my grandfather-then my father-now me. I will go check out those other blogs, too. Thanks, Vee., Have a great day- xo Diana

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  2. Thank you Vee, for the mention of my 31 days posts!

    I love this poem and your photo. Autumn is my favorite season.

    Deanna

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  3. Lovely words from Walt. Thank you!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  4. Beautiful poem! The world of beautiful poetry is so great, it seems I am always encountering one that I have never heard before and adding it to my file of "loves". Thank you for sharing this one.

    Thank you, too, for recommending my series. I am enjoying Deanna's along with you!


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  5. I love the words by Walt Whitman! Thank you!
    The photo is amazing. I really like the way you did it.

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  6. A good read for my sloppy brain right now. I'm enjoying the pops of fall color, too. Have a wonderful October day, Vee!

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  7. Beautiful words by Walt Whitman and beautiful photo by you!
    Have a wonderful fall day!

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  8. Vee, it has been such a long time since I've visted. I am warmly blessed this morning to find your blog just as it should be...or as it was when I left; inspiring, inviting and truly a haven. It is a comforting place to land!
    Love, Gwen

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  9. Perfectly 'halcyon'...the poem and the picture!

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  10. What a lovely photo and poem! I will check out those blogs.

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  11. Beautiful words! Lovely picture! Enjoyed the pictures of previous posts as well :).Thank for sharing with us, Vee.

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  12. Walt sure had a way with words! So beautiful.
    I see you have my very much missed maples there
    in your photos. Nothing compare to a Fall maple tree.

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  13. I have not started fall decorating. I am starting today. I enjoyed the poem above. I am off to visit the blogs you mentioned.

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  14. You and Walt are in sync today. It is a halcyon day here too. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  15. Like the oval crop even better than the round.
    If I wasn't 'y so steamed up about the WW2 memorial closure I'd be drifting around in autumn splendor mental bliss. My Dad will be on an Honor Flight to DC on Oct. 18th...this is personal for me!

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    1. It's personal to any freedom-loving American and if the WW II vets have no right to be there then no one does...not even the president! I heard a group of them singing Amazing Grace this morning. It reduced me to tears. God bless them all. It must be so hard for them to see this country in such profound decline.

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  16. I simply can't comment since I see things so very differently than you do. But autumn is very lovely. The posts you linked to are interesting. May you all be well.

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    1. You seem to have commented just fine, Kristi. How do you see things differently?

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  17. What am I missing? I see a road and some beautiful Fall colors. Love the poem and links to other good blogs, too. Fall is a beautiful time of year and I'm looking for all the good things about it to meditate on. I'm off to visit the other blogs! Sweet hugs!

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    1. Perhaps Kristi was thinking about Jill's comment and my reply instead of the post. Not sure.

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    2. I see the comment and reply above mine theirs now. I thought I had missed something. Sweet hugs.

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  18. Reading your comment above and Thoughts on Life's comment....I woke early and turned on the news. How heartbreaking to see those WWII vets singing. What a sad state our country is in.

    I do enjoy your breathtaking autumn photos. Not quite colorful here yet. Wishing you and John a nice evening. I imagine the evening news will be more of the same, though.

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  19. Vee, thank you for the head's up on those blogs! I love finding new treasures to read! And the Walt Whitman poem is perfect!!

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  20. Hello Vee
    I really like the autumn scene portrayed in the oval, and I'll meander over to the blogs recommended for a look thanks.
    Splendid weather the last two days and I was indoors the whole time.
    Judith

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  21. Such a pretty poem and I love your oval picture!!

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  22. I've never read that particular piece of poetry before, but I love it, and I'll be copying it into my quotation journal. I love the sense of peace and acceptance it evokes.
    I'm following those two blogs you mentioned, but have not yet read either of their 31 day posts. This working really gets in the way of blogging! I had contemplated doing a 31 day series myself; now I'm glad I didn't.
    Glad that beautiful sunny autumn days are gracing your corner.

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  23. Beautiful picture Vee and the poem is so lovely! What a wonderful idea to do 31 days series - I will be following along for sure.

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  24. The poem is an ideal match for the oval photo.

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  25. Beautiful poem and the photo is calendar worthy.

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  26. I don't follow both of them so need to check out the one I don't. I tend to enjoy the same kinds of things you do. I do follow Deanna at Creekside Cottage and couldn't agree more that her "Loving the Season You're In" theme is excellent.

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  27. Thank you for the beauty of this post this morning. How do you get those shapes without the background square or rectangular bit showing just a tad? Maybe your blog designer friend did that for you

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