If You Were Coming in the Fall
By Emily Dickinson
If you were coming in the fall,
I'd brush the summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As housewives do a fly.
If I could see you in a year,
I'd wind the months in balls,
And put them each in separate drawers,
Until their time befalls.
If only centuries delayed,
I'd count them on my hand,
Subtracting till my fingers dropped
Into Van Diemens land.
If certain, when this life was out,
That yours and mine should be,
I'd toss it yonder like a rind,
And taste eternity.
But now, all ignorant of the length
Of time's uncertain wing,
It goads me, like the goblin bee,
That will not state its sting.
On Friday it reached 70 degrees in the DC area, giving me flashbacks to September when I was in a much better mood about so many things. I spent the morning working on a review of Voyager's "Waking Moments", which I tried to be nice about but it still isn't very good. Then all three of us had lunch and went to take a walk at Cabin John Park before going to Giant.
Alice, whose husband and son are in heavy training for a Rubik's Cube tournament this weekend, came over right after Maddy went to work and came to dinner with us at my parents' house. Then we came home and watched some more Versailles, which I am probably enjoying more than I should be given the level of nonsense but it's fun nonsense. From DC earlier this November: