October Country

October Country

Welcome to October country, where the spider webs shimmer under the porch lights, and voices  carry in the dusk.

It is blue sky so clear you can almost see through it. It is colored  leaves against a gray sky. It is rising plumes of the autumn grasses.

It is round orange pumpkins. It is old favorite  sweaters.  It is baseball playoffs and ivy turning colors. It is a new hockey season.

It is football in the alleys and flat-screen TVs. It is the noise of  leaf blowers, the swish of a bamboo rake  and evening rain.

It is aisles of candy and scary costumes. Vampires, witches, skeletons and scarecrows guard the  houses  decorated for Halloween.

In October, autumn  ripens, a season of apples and pears.  It is  eggplants and persimmons.  It is  frost warnings overnight.

It is a warm breeze, the parting breath of summer, carrying the silk of milkweeds.

It is a cold wind out of the west, the first breath of winter, scattering the dry leaves.

It is a clear sky and a waxing crescent moon,  and blankets at night.


And, here's more on that October light...


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Filed under: poetry, seasons, weather

Tags: October


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  • I'm trying to figure out if the leaves starting to turn on Oct. 11 is late, but I also remember one year when the geraniums were good into Dec.

    Nice verse.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. I was wondering about that, too. The peak color around here is usually mid to late October.
    I have seen roses in November...

  • This is delightful, full of images to carry into the duller months ahead. Thank you!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you--that's so kind of you to say. Thanks for reading.

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