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Published in Country Life on October 5th 1978, this simple four verse poem revisits and dismantles the romantic myth that the cycle of the passing seasons shares our own fate as the year ebbs away our vulnerable lives.

The poem brutally exposes our folly as nature leaves us failing, able only to mimic the progression of her changing appearance as we remain ensnared in the human predicament, helplessly degenerating towards our own inevitable swan song.

Any false hope, tempted by the pageant of Autumn, can only expect to dissolve in futile tears as we are starkly reminded that this time is a most savage prelude to the onslaught of winter.

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It is with this fringe category of "art" where the challenge to apply music and sound to artistic works faces the greatest scrutiny. Many will remain entrenched in tradition but others may just prove willing to explore the idea and give it a chance.

Marocana believe, in these modern times, that poetry may lose yet further ground to more fashionable writing and reading media unless new avenues are purposefully considered. We simply cannot allow these established and treasured tenets to disappear.

We are faced with attitudes, these days, that buying a paper or turning the pages of a book are unnecessary burdens of the past! At the very least we can learn so much more by reconsidering our set views and thinking with more effort about the message and the enjoyment we want to convey.

Rhyming verse, or poems with an addictive metre, are the more predisposed to music or sound association. Yet might we be wrong to concede any boundaries when testing out more adventurous means of communicating to an ever impatient public?

Faced with these conundrums , Marocana have, with both great care and some trepidation, attempted to create a conducive environment with their music to recapture and to remind us all of the simple joy to be had from our established ways of writing.

If a measure of success is achieved then it is hoped that writers of rather greater stature might be swayed to join us here, at music4art, to promote their own verse and raise their popularity to a different level.

Clive Harvey