Welcome to the Autumnal Equinox. We have turned the corner, left summer behind, and on the horizon looms Winter. In celebration of this fine season, which brings us football, school, the World Series, changing leaves, and Halloween, here is one of my favorite passages from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Happy Autumn!
From SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury
“For some, autumn comes early, stays late through life where October follows September and November touches October and then instead of December and Christ’s birth, there is no Bethlehem Star, no rejoicing, but September comes again and old October and so on down the years, with no winter, spring, or revivifying summer. For these beings, fall is the ever normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond.
Where do they come from?
Where do they go?
Does blood stir their veins?
No: the night wind.
What ticks in their head?
What speaks from their mouth?
What sees from their eye?
What hears with their ear?
The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth. In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters. The spider-web hears them, trembles—breaks.
Such are the autumn people.
Beware of them.”
One response to “Autumnal Equinox: Beware the Autumn People”
Excellent quote about the autumn people. Also, I really like that cover of the book. Check out my review if you’re so inclined: https://leviathanbound.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/something-wicked-this-way-comes/