Restless Streams, © 2013. Oil, ink, varnish on panel.
ARCTURUS IN AUTUMN
When, in the gold October dusk, I saw you near to setting,
Arcturus, bringer of spring,
Lord of the summer nights, leaving us now in autumn,
Having no pity on our withering;
Oh, then I knew at last that my own autumn was upon me,
I felt it in my blood,
Restless as dwindling streams that still remember
The music of their flood. There in the thickening dark a wind-bent tree above me
Loosed its last leaves in flight–
I saw you sink and vanish, pitiless Arcturus,
You will not stay to share our lengthening night.
Sara Teasdale, 1926 (TOAOAL-II, pg. 1245)