September 22, 2017 (Autumnal Equinox)

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?



—Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  British poet, artist, and translator (1828-1882)

Source:“Autumn Song” in PreRaphaelite Poetry:An Anthology (buy from Amazon)




The Boston Globe’s editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Tom Winship. This website will continue to publish the Reflections every day, including most Sundays, into 2016. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Tom Fitzpatrick