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This month, my poetry sisters and I were writing poems to a prompt offered by Laura Purdie Salas. We were asked to pick a month or season that we especially like and write a "things to do if" poem.

Here's mine:
Things to Do if You Are October

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Whisper in a cool voice
that sweeps between
the warmth of
September’s sunsets,
I am coming—
don’t forget.

Paint the leaves
outrageous hues
then fling them, flotsam,
you wayward Picasso,
so much crackling wreckage
to rake into piles.

Offer ripe apples and
plump orange pumpkins
for human consumption
in butters and pies,
your Baby Bears,
your Northern Spies.

Swing between
seasons—you don’t
need a reason—
one day offer winter
with snowflakes and frost,
the next day the glow
and heat of summer,
the glimmer of autumn,
when bright things are lost

The lengthening shadows
creep out from the living,
some say that the shades
of the dead come to call.
October is fall.

Here is where you can find the other poems:


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TS Davis
May. 5th, 2017 12:31 am (UTC)
Homesick for autumn
I see I'm not the only one with leaves still wreathing the front door (only inside)... this is so beautiful; can't wait for next autumn, myself.
May. 5th, 2017 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: Homesick for autumn
I love the swing seasons, but especially autumn.
Jane Whittingham
May. 5th, 2017 05:27 am (UTC)
Like Anne, October is one of my favourite months, too! Though sadly we don't get the beautiful riots of colour, all orange, red and gold, here that other parts of the country do - I have to be content with pumpkin everything instead. :-)
May. 5th, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
Pumpkin everything isn't bad!
May. 5th, 2017 02:59 pm (UTC)
Lovely poem, Kelly. Great images and I like the reflective tone. Mention of "baby bears" made me smile, of course, along with the butters and pies. Wayward Picasso is great too! :)
May. 5th, 2017 09:06 pm (UTC)
"Baby bears" are a type of pumpkin - isn't that funny? Thanks for stopping by!
May. 5th, 2017 03:01 pm (UTC)
October has always been one of my favorite months with hayrides and apple cider, crisp breezes and colorful leaves. Your poem celebrates much of what I love about October with its many mood swings.
May. 5th, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: october
I love the way the days can be warm, but the breezes are cool - you can feel the change sneaking up on you. Of course, I love that about spring too - where things are cool, but the breeze is a bit warm.
Mary Lee Hahn
May. 6th, 2017 11:19 am (UTC)
You've captured everything there is to love about October!
May. 6th, 2017 02:36 pm (UTC)
May. 8th, 2017 11:45 am (UTC)
Oh, Kelly. I so wanted to write about fall or October (my very favorite month), but I'm glad I didn't. You killed it! That second verse, with Picasso and wreckage and flotsam. Swoon. Love this whole creation almost as much as I love the month itself.
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