Sometimes In December Sometimes in December there comes a disturbance in the weather - foolish West winds swoop in, whirl around and around, themselves not sure what it might be that they want… At last they calm down – they have chased the winter off, the snow has melted, the ground is getting dry and a new autumn comes – a brown and black one, with a yellow peculiar to it. There is not a grain of sugary quality about this yellow, it is plain and dry, when thickening it runs into the taciturn gray, into the deep brown, not into the reddish-brown that comes to reign, as a live mist, over trees and bushes in spring – but into the final, stern, withdrawing irrevocably into the density and the blackness – color of the trunks and the soil. The woods stand heavy, black, the blackness disperses into smoke-like vapor and wafts up to the sky – overcast with clouds as black, and between the woods and the sky – there is a narrow glittering slit – it is air and light somewhere far away. Everything is dry, heavy and still, only the stalks of the dead grass seem to be luminescent, they stir… Autumn brown and black. It happens sometimes in December.