October 3, 2014

Ways to Say Autumn


in Latin:  autumnus
n French:  automne
in Italian:  autunno
in Spanish:  otoño
in Portuguese:  outono
in Arabic:  خريف
in Lakota:  ptaŋyétu
in Cebuano:  tingdagdag
in Somali:  deyr
in Greek:  φθινόπωρο
in Chechan:  güire
in Thai:  ฤดูใบไม้ร่วง
in Persian:  پاييز 
in Czech:  podzim
in Finnish:  syksy
in Japanese:  
in Chinese:  秋天
in Danish:  efterår
in Dutch:  herfst
in low German:  harvst
in Old English:  hærfest
in Icelandic:  haust

Or, in Me:
haystacks
gravel-road drives
dark earth and morning
dried herbs
acorns
bonfires
wild rice
yelloworangeredbrown
tractors and harvest time
pomegranates
warm cheese
corners of swirling leaves
dawn fog
pumpkins
auburn skies
I see you, you see me
thinner trees
cheers from fields on Friday nights
warm soup
hearty bread
frost
moon all golden, so high



44 comments:

  1. In Abenaki-Tagugo

    In my mind-Bliss

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  2. Wonderful! I think of squeaky swing sets, chimney smoke and orange flavored cupcakes.

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  3. Bill -- Autumn is my very favorite time of year. Bliss, indeed.

    I love your inclusions, Amber. Squeaky swing sets! Yes.

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  4. The feelings and nostalgia fall brings are universal as your post shows. Nice read.

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  5. Thanks, Lisa. As I found on your own blog, autumn has a way of inspiring, doesn't it? :) Thanks for the comment!

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  6. With out a doubt my favorite season, but winter is a very close second. Autumn means fresh clean air, migrating geese singing their songs, and apple pie!

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    1. Yes, yes, and yes. And after a summer of fresh produce, there is something about the heartier fare of autumn meals that I just crave. Acorn squash? Check!

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  7. Emily:

    Cross Country Meets! Longer, cooler runs in the country.
    Art Prize, Grand Rapids.
    And of course the colors that are so exquisite all over MICHIGAN !

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    1. You were a cross country runner, eh, Richard? My husband loves these cooler temperatures too for the ease in which he can slice through a day without overheating. And the leaves, the leaves: watching some of them change right now.

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  8. ın my own landguage (Turkish) autumn has a three names = 1)"Sonbahar" , 2) "Hazan", 3) "Güz"....

    Thank you, with my love, nia

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    1. Beautiful! What's the reason behind all three of them? Do they mean something slightly different? Hazan reminds me the most of change, for some reason. So glad you shared these.

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  9. If you're a north Florida swamp dog hogman guy who has spent WAY TOO MANY days inside over the last six months hiding from this year's record crop of bugs, Bugs, BUGS the way you say autumn is WHOOPEEEE!

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    1. Ha! I'm celebrating with you. Very very ready to have these fruit flies gone from my home... Whoopee, indeed!

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  10. Good luck at the conference, Emily! Wish I could be there. Autumn in Minnesota is life affirming; I've always found that curious. Cheers. J

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    1. I completely agree, Jen. I feel strong energy this time of year, even though all that green is going away. And thanks for the luck. :)

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  11. Autumn and spring, both are my favourites. So much to enjoy about each one. Hope you have a refreshing and inspiring time away.

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    1. Just back from the conference. The leaves were changing an hour and a half north in a way that hasn't quite reached us in the Minneapolis region. It was so nice to have that taste of what is to come. There was even frost on our windows this morning!

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  12. Yes, autumn rates as my favorite season. Pull out the flannel shirts, drive the winding backroads to see the fall colors, cook a batch of chili...

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    1. Chili! So glad for this little reminder. Heading off to the grocery store soon, and will pick up the necessary ingredients. Have you had hot mulled apple cider? That is another autumn/winter staple around here.

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  13. October is my favorite month. We don't get much color change, but cooler weather is awesome. Have a great time at your conference. :-)

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    1. I read your comment, laughed, and made a bet I'd found another Texan. Indeed! I'm south of Houston, and I'm hoping your don't hog all the cool weather for yourself!

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    2. Texans unite! There's something in the cool down that makes everyone walk a little bit lighter no matter where you hail from, don't you think?

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  14. I, too, love this time of year. Looking forward to all this season has to offer inside and out.

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    1. Hope it brings you bushels of happiness, Mary. :)

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  15. I love this: in Cebuano: tingdagdag

    That's exactly the sound my tuned wind chimes make when the north wind finally begins to stir. I'm still waiting. ;)

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    1. Perfect! Sending that north wind your way.

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  16. so beautiful. in missoula, it's turning autumn but at the same time, it's always smoky. the wildfires are so bad this year. crossing my fingers for clear skies soon. thanks for your poem.

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    1. Although I realize the wildfires can be devastating, somehow smokey seems to fit with autumn. Maybe all the bonfires? Hope you get a lovely walk in this weekend.

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  17. autumn is my favourite :)








    rachael

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  18. Yes, autumn is my favorite season. Enjoy.

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  19. I love your blog name. And I love this post. I didn't use to like fall, but have recently come to appreciate it more. It just might be becoming my 2nd favorite season....

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    1. Thanks, Kateri. Glad you found LoCW! Did you not like it because it signaled winter and cold, or because it meant the end of summer? I'm curious about your 1st favorite season. :)

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  20. I love autumn. I love everything about autumn! It's beautiful and so is this post.
    p.s.: in my language: JESEN :)

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    1. "Jesen"... sound like a light wind through leaves, to me. Perfect. :)

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  21. Beautiful words, all of them- but, I like your language best. Enjoy this beautiful time.

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  22. I had to come back, because I'm writing about third grade and just remembered one of the best-ever things about autumn: the beginning of school, and new pencil boxes!

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    1. Oh, yes! And not just in third-grade. Some of my high school kids still like their pencils extra sharp and extra protected. :)

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