This is the season of changing colours and winds of winter’s coming. It is a perfect time to read Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare, which uses natural metaphors of decline and decay to speak of aging and transitions.
Autumn, fading sunset, twilight, and glowing fire remind us that love grows stronger, more profound as we move ever forward on our timelines.
As we look forward to the Year 2022, may we embrace the joy and strength of love in the days that are given.
Sonnet 73 That time of year thou mayst in me behold by William Shakespeare
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.