O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf;

One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist’

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost–

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

~Robert Frost

What is your favorite autumn, leafy, rainy-type poem?

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3 thoughts on “October

  1. I really didn’t have a favorite autumn, leafy, rainy type poem. So I decided to scour the internet & read some. This was my favorite of the ones that I did find.

    Autumn Leaves by Marilyn Helmer

    Wind blows and fills the skies
    with gold and yellow butterflies

    which flit to earth with skips and hops
    to dance and twirl like spinning tops.

    The last one dips in a puddle to float
    like a single scarlet sailing boat.

    I miss seeing the leaves change colors in the mountains of Utah. Living in California, we don’t get autumn (I call it fall). We go straight from summer to winter (our version of winter). So I loved the 8 years that I lived in Utah & was able to enjoy “Autumn/Fall”. Here the leaves are all still on the tree. We will be lucky if they fall off by Christmas.

    It was nice to take a moment to enjoy “Autumn”.

  2. Thanks Kim. That one is beautiful too. I have wondered what it would be like to go back to only one season. I’m too spoiled with all these colors to be without them now.

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