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The Cover
October 11, 2006

An October Day

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(14):1696. doi:10.1001/jama.296.14.1696

To hasty readers or hurried museum visitors, as they rush past the jumble of blues and yellows known as An October Day (cover ), it may seem that they have glimpsed yet another of the myriad Impressionist works of the 19th century, albeit not one easily pulled from memory. Monet? Perhaps: something between his yellow haystacks and his ghostly cathedrals, vaguely between sunshine and fog, a landscape image, light-filled, sparkling, ephemeral, timeless, passing. And, a painting most certainly beautiful. An attentive pause, even the briefest, might reveal the transected yellow verticals to be trees that are shedding (unleaving, as Gerard Manley Hopkins would say). A longer pause might even evoke a distant echo of the Bard: “[ . . . ] yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang/Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,/Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.” (Sonnet 73)