Wednesday 30 September 2020

A Poem for October




Some October, when the leaves turn gold, ask
me if I've done enough to deserve this life
I've been given. A pile of sorrows, yes, but joy
enough to unbalance the equation.

When the sky turns blue as the robes of heaven,
ask me if I've made a difference.
The road winds through the copper-colored woods;
no one sees around the bend.

Today, the wind poured out of Canada,
a river in flood, bringing down the brilliant leaves,
broken sticks and twigs, deserted nests.
Go where the current takes you.

 Some twilight, when the clouds stream in from the west
like the breath of God, ask me again.

I don't often post poems but this one, by Barbara Crooker, is so dear to me and I decided to share it with you.

Thanks for visiting,  GM


  1. It's a beautiful poem and I can see why you wanted to share it. The photos are gorgeous too, did you take them?

  2. Thank-you for sharing, that is a beautiful poem so full of meaning. I love your photos as well. Mxx

  3. Hello GM- Thanks for sharing the Poem with us. The Autumn leaves are glorious- such strong colors. We're still in Spring with warm days and cold nights- Summer is on it's way though. Best Wishes. KEV.

  4. Oh, it is so beautiful....and the photos are wonderful.

    I always think of September by Helen Hunt Jackson and When the Frost is on the Punkin by James Whitcomb Riley. I usually post the Riley one at some point in the fall but have not this year. I heard it read and fell in love with it.

    All my life, except this year, the one by Jackson goes round and round in my head. At least the first couple of verses. It was my mom's favorite an she always repeated parts of it.

  5. Such a poignant poem....thanks for sharing it!

  6. Beautiful, I am so glad you decided to share it with us.

  7. Thanks, GM! It was so cold and damp yesterday that I decided to exercise with Leslie Sansone on YouTube! :D Enjoy your walks!

  8. Beautiful pictures to go along with beautiful words.

  9. *applause* Such a BEAUTIFUL poem to accompany those GORGEOUS photos! I love all of it. Perfect words for the season. God bless you, GM! ❤️

  10. NO garlic from China. We did purchase some garlic seeds from Amish Country when we were there over the last few days. I purchased the German variety, they are hardneck. They are in today Oct 1. 12 in all. We'll see how much we get back after the critters are done.

  11. That's a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing it. Your photos are gorgeous, too. Happy October days.

  12. That's a lovely poem! I really like the back-and-forth feeling of the words, how she turns from talking about the season to her feelings about herself and life, back and forth. Thank you!