Pomona Goddess of the Orchards….

This is a print I have just pulled to mark the Autumn Equinox ( a little late I know but my studio has been closed)…… Pomona is a Roman Goddess with unusually no Greek counterpart.  A Goddess of fruitful abundance , the fruit trees, gardens and the orchards. A grove sacred to Her called the Pomonal was located not far from Ostia, the old port of Rome. I attach also the poem – The Little Green Orchard by Walter de la Mare.

Autumn equinox: Pomona Goddess of the orchards

AUTUMN EQUINOX: Pomona ;Roman Goddess of the Orchards and fruits

Some one is always sitting there,
In the little green orchard;
Even when the sun is high
In noon’s unclouded sky,
And faintly droning goes
The bee from rose to rose,
Some one in shadow is sitting there
In the little green orchard.

Yes, when the twilight’s falling softly
In the little green orchard;
When the grey dew distills
And every flower-cup fills;
When the last blackbird says,
‘What – what!’ and goes her way – ssh!
I have heard voices calling softly
In the little green orchard

Not that I am afraid of being there,
In the little green orchard;
Why, when the moon’s been bright,
Shedding her lonesome light,
And moths like ghosties come,
And the horned snail leaves home:
I’ve sat there, whispering and listening there,
In the little green orchard.

Only it’s strange to be feeling there,
In the little green orchard;
Whether you paint or draw,
Dig, hammer, chop or saw;
When you are most alone,
All but the silence gone…
Some one is watching and waiting there,
In the little green orchard.

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Linda Hill
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