Schwäne in Irland by Wanderlust1. Oktober. Das Schlussviertel 2011 hat begonnen. Deutschland genießt den Spätestsommer und legt vorsorglich für das kommende Wochenende schon einmal die Winterklamotten bereit. Ein mächtiger Wetterumschwung soll bevor stehen. In Irland derweil durchwachsenes Wetter: Es ist mild, Sonne und Regen wechseln sich ab, nicht schlecht insgesamt. Genauso die Prognose.

Zum Beginn des Oktobers zitieren wir gerne Irlands Chef-Lyriker William Butler Yeats mit seiner poetischen Schilderung des herbstlichen Coole Park im County Galway.


The trees are in their autumn beauty,

The woodland paths are dry,

Under the October twilight the water

Mirrors a still sky;

Upon the brimming water among the stones

Are nine and fifty swans.

The nineteenth autumn has come upon me

Since I first made my count;

I saw, before I had well finished,

All suddenly mount

And scatter wheeling in great broken rings

Upon their clamorous wings.

I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,

And now my heart is sore.

All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,

The first time on this shore,

The bell-beat of their wings above my head,

Trod with a lighter tread.

 Unwearied still, lover by lover,

They paddle in the cold,

Companionable streams or climb the air;

Their hearts have not grown old;

Passion or conquest, wander where they will,

Attend upon them still.

But now they drift on the still water

Mysterious, beautiful;

Among what rushes will they build,

By what lake’s edge or pool

Delight men’s eyes when I awake some day

To find they have flown away?