Mary Carolyn Davies: Smith, of the Third Oregon, dies

Smith, of the Third Oregon, dies

Mary Carolyn Davies

Autumn in Oregon is wet as Spring, And green, with little singings in the grass,    And pheasants flying, Gold, green and red, Great, narrow, lovely things, As if an orchid had snatched wings. There are strange birds like blots against a sky    Where a sun is dying. Beyond the river where the hills are blurred A cloud, like the one word Of the too-silent sky, stirs, and there stand    Black trees on either hand. Autumn in Oregon is wet and new    As Spring, And puts a fever like Spring's in the cheek That once has touched her dew — And it puts longing too In eyes that once have seen Her season-flouting green,    And ears that listened to her strange birds speak.
Autumn in Oregon — I'll never see Those hills again, a blur of blue and rain Across the old Willamette.  I'll not stir A pheasant as I walk, and hear it whirr Above my head, an indolent, trusting thing. When all this silly dream is finished here, The fellows will go home to where there fall Rose-petals over every street, and all The year is like a friendly festival. But I shall never watch those hedges drip Color, not see the tall spar of a ship In our old harbor. —  They say that I am dying, Perhaps that's why it all comes back again: Autumn in Oregon and pheasants flying —