Autumn Fires

As we’ve had a couple of rather good bonfires on the allotment site recently I thought that this poem was rather appropriate.

Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens

And all up the vale,

From the autumn bonfires

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!

This poem is from the collection A Child’s Garden of Verses, which first appeared in 1885.

Have a good weekend!


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16 Responses to Autumn Fires

  1. re says:

    My husband loves a good bonfire, I’m not sure I’m so keen on all that smoke.

  2. deyank says:

    In honour of your post, I’ve composed a haiku for you:

    Leaves crinkle and burn
    Smokey column of old life
    Away with Summer!


  3. Carrie says:

    We were hoping to have a good big Allotment clear up on Saturday with bbqs and fires and sparklers – the weather woman is determined that it isn’t going to happen, nasty woman. Lovely poem I just hope we too get to experience the ‘something bright in all’. An end to the season – out with a glorious, comforting red blaze. xx Thanks for your comment yesterday x

  4. nikkipolani says:

    The poem sounds perfect for your allotment bonfires, Flighty.
    Very nice haiku, Deyank.

  5. Jennyta says:

    That poem brings back memories, Flighty. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend.

  6. mrs K says:

    Did you chuck a couple of Spuds in (no not Uphilldowndale’s Spud) the tatie kind of spud.

    Best eaten with just the big bits of black scraped off. And a titchy bit of salt. Memories.

  7. Louise says:

    A very nice poem. Thanks for the link, I may very well look that book up. The illustration on the cover is lovely. I must admit that bonfire smoke is one smell that makes me feel sick, and when a neighbour has one, I have to shut all the windows! I wonder if any allotment hedgehogs were watching their winter abodes going up in smoke! x

    • Flighty says:

      Louise you’re welcome!
      I don’t like smokey fires but these both burnt clean thankfully.
      Sadly we’ve never seen any hedgehogs on the site, and there’s still plenty of good places for them to hibernate if there are any around. xx

  8. Ellie says:

    A lovely poem – I shall explore the other ones too.

    I love a good bonfire too – it’s such an autumnal thing. We’ve been burning bracken – it is like putting gunpowder on a fire! x

  9. Flighty says:

    Ellie I looked at some of the other poems too!
    I’m the same. That sounds like fun! xx

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