October Celebration

OctoberMy dear friend at Leaping Tracks advised me that today the United Kingdom celebrated National Poetry Day.  In 1996, Canada set aside April as the month to appreciate poetry.  Most of us would agree, however, that poetry cannot be limited to a day, a month, even a year.  Poetry allows us to exchange complex thoughts and ideas that may escape the straightforward nature of prose.   The theme for the UK 2015 Poetry Day is “light” which is fitting for this time of the year when the days grow shorter and the warmth of winter fires come to mind.

Autumn is my favourite season; Robert Frost’s poem October is my tribute to UK Poetry Day 2015.

October

by Robert Frost

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.

12 thoughts on “October Celebration

  1. I Think you would be interested in a quote taken from the introduction to “Old Jules”, the book we both have been given to read. “It’s hard work siting under a tree writing a poem.” I find that introduction quite inviting.

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    • Thank you, Letizia – I always think of Autumn as the marvelous celebration of colour before the gentle rest of winter. This weekend is especially meaningful as it is Canadian Thanksgiving. There is much to give thanks for – one of them being that we have connected over the “Blogger Miles.” 🙂

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    • Thank you, Ms Frances. I have a poem a day that comes through my e-mail and this was one that came in the first week of October. I find starting the day with poetry gives a lift to my day, a thought to consider as they day progresses.

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    • That was the line that caught my attention as well, Gallivanta. In fact, when I went on my walk today I looked for that specific colour – amethyst. It’s there especially where there is a mist and in the morning light.

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