“Vermont Is Afire In The Autumn” (is) a gorgeous hymn to New England’s spectacular fall foliage”
~ Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen Magazine

Vermont is Afire.mp3

VERMONT IS AFIRE IN THE AUTUMN  (1971)


He traveled New England to New York Town
Where Edison turned the colors on
Splashin’ in fashion, (but) so garishly flaming
Far from Octobers that used to be spent
Dreaming on the scenery,
He writes down a poem to take him back home again

For Vermont is afire in the autumn, from the
Highlands of Greensboro Bend
To the snowflakerides on the southern side
Of Quebec and the Eastern Maritimes

The fires descend from the border towns
Burning the Green Mountain forest down
Flaming her lakes in a maple mosaic
A sun-yellow birch in the mornin’ frames
A guardian harbor on Lake Champlain
As sisters outlive her along the Connecticut River

For Vermont is afire in the autumn
From the highlands of Greensboro Bend
To the snowflakerides on the southern side
Of Quebec and the Eastern Maritimes

Oh…steadily shivering Winter’s chill
Pauses on my windowsill
Etching the reasons for changing the seasons
Springtime will lift like a melody
With Summer soon a’following
Then back to your north color
Vermillion Indian Summer

And Vermont is afire in the autumn
From her highlands and deep river bends
To the snowflakerides on the southern side
Of Quebec and the Eastern Maritimes

(Oooo, will I see you?
Will I see you?
When will I see you?)

Photo Credits
Header Photo | Suzhou, China ~ Francois Ferchaud
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