As I See It –Column 48
There’s something in October
Sets my gypsy blood astir
I must rise and follow her
As from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.
The scarlet of the maples
Can shake me like the cry
Of bugles going by
And my lonely spirits thrills
To see the frosty asters
Like a smoke upon the hill.
These lines from Bliss Carmen’s
poem Vagabond Song given here from memory may be inexactly quoted. But a drive
The maples are turning scarlet! And the cry of bugles - and trumpets - at the Yale Rutgers football game brought the metaphor of these lines to vibrant life for me.
The experience has an
unexpected and humorous turn, more humorous in retrospect than in the
experiencing. We were more vagabondish that we wished.
What happened is a commentary on the current nostalgia for country fairs and
the breathing of fresh, clean air. Because of the Danbury Fair, in part, every
motel, hotel, motor inn and tourist home within 50 miles of
There was a certain pleasure in it, We were circling Niel’s hometown where we had intended to spend the night, and I enjoyed Neil's evident pleasure in recognizing, even in the dark, landmarks with boyhood memories for him - the Housatonic, the old Osborn place, the reservoir, the Red House, the old Sanford School, Poverty Hollow Road renamed Pleasant Valley Road by the recent comers from the city.
But the day, the glorious October day!
Fresh, cool air gently stirring,
Blue sky saved up all year for this one month,
Great drifting white clouds,
Red of Virginia creeper on fences and tree trunks,
Gold of willow,
First bronzing of oak,
The great bowl with the rich moving paisley of sweaters and jackets,
Warm sun, excitement and tension all around,
The hush as if every one of 20,000 was readying for the kick,
The crowd rising with their voices for a score.
Open and free and possessed by the moment.
All of this in one day, taken and enjoyed as it came. There’s something in October if you rise and follow her!
P. S. We found a bed right here
P. P. S. Yale lost by one point.