05 October 2010

October's Bright Blue Weather

When it gets to be this time of year, I always think of this poem. So I had to share. :)

October's Bright Blue Weather - Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

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 bumble-bee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When Gentians roll their fringes 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 suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.



Blogger Allison said...

Thanks for the lovely 'blast from my past' from one of the heroines of my home town (Colorado Springs)!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Pam T. said...

Beautiful poem for my favorite month. Thank you!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Ann Phipps said...

I was so surprised to see this poem on your blog! I was required to memorize it in school somewhere around 1952 and it has stayed with me (somewhat intact) all these years. Thank you!

4:37 AM  
Blogger Lynne4444 said...

Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.

8:43 AM  

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