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Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine;
grant them a few more warm transparent days,
urge them on to fulfillment then, and press
the final sweetness into the heavy wine.

— “Autumn Day” by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated from the German by Stephen Mitchell)


Rainer Rilke’s poem “Autumn Day” hit close to home for me. As I was reading this poem, I realized that I feel the same way as the fruits he is describing in this stanza. As the summer months come to a close, I find myself trying to capture every last ray of sun and warm moment before the gloomy cold of the winter captures us. As the Summer days pass us by during those few months, we find ourselves “swelling” and trying to consume every last ounce of those beautiful days and special times so we can carry that with us throughout the frigid Winter months.

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