The Pumpkins in the Corn: SIR CHARLES GEORGE DOUGLAS ROBERTS
Amber and blue, the smoke behind the hill,
Where in the glow fades out the morning star,
Curtains the autumn cornfield, sloped afar,
And strikes an acrid savour on the chill.
The hilltop fence shines saffron o’er the still
Unbending ranks of bunched and bleaching corn,
And every pallid stalk is crisp with morn,
Crisp with the silver autumn morns distil.
Purple the narrowing alleys stretched between
The spectral shocks, a purple harsh and cold,
But spotted, where the gadding pumpkins run,
With bursts of blaze that startle the serene
Like sudden voices – globes of orange bold,
Elate to mimic the unrisen sun.
Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860-1943) was a Canadian poet, known as the Father of Canadian Poetry. He moved to Europe in 1907, first in Paris, then Munich in 1910, and London from 1912-1925. He returned to Canada in 1925. He married his second wife Joan Montgomery in 1943 at the age of 83 but died shortly after.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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