A poem by Mrs. Derbyshire.
A dear old friend from her college days in China came to visit us, particularly to see the autumn colors on Long Island. That was the inspiration for the poem.
At the poet's request I have used the modern simplified characters (简体字) instead of the traditional ones (繁體字) used elsewhere in these readings.
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At week's end I take a guest to view the autumn leaves.
The wind's chill is banished by a low sun's glare.
Such colors! Can a fine embroidered tapestry compare?
Eyes gladdened, hearts delighted, entranced we stare.