Monday, October 01, 2012


October's Bright Blue Weather
O suns and skies and clouds of June, 
And flowers of June together, 
Ye cannot rival for one hour 
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumblebee makes haste, 
Belated, thriftless vagrant, 
And goldenrod is dying fast, 
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When gentians roll their fingers tight 
To save them for the morning, 
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs 
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie 
In piles like jewels shining, 
And redder still on old stone walls 
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things 
Their white-winged seeds are sowing, 
And in the fields still green and fair, 
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks, 
In idle golden freighting, 
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush 
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts, 
By twos and twos together, 
And count like misers, hour by hour, 
October's bright blue weather.

O sun and skies and flowers of June, 
Count all your boasts together, 
Love loveth best of all the year 
October's bright blue weather. 


Desert Dweller said...

October - well put, I have to say. Especially if neither of us doesn't get a blizzard, and we get to enjoy the entire month transform peacefully! (believe it or not, I've had 2 blizzards in Oct at this foothills house, that no one below here saw).

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

I first read this poem as a young school student in Colorado Springs --- Helen Hunt Jackson was a famous (historical) resident. Despite the occasional blizzard, October is still the best!!