Oct 18

Quotes & Poetry: Autumn

light autumn

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

-Jim Bishop

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

-Henry David Thoreau

It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.

-Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came–
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”

-George Cooper (1840–1927), “October’s Party” 1897

Leaves fall,
Brown leaves,
Yellow leaves streaked with brown.
They fall,
Flutter,
Fall again.
The brown leaves,
And the streaked yellow leaves,
Loosen on their branches
And drift slowly downwards.
One,
One, two, three,
One, two, five.
All Venice is a falling of Autumn leaves–
Brown,
And yellow streaked with brown.

-Amy Lowell (1874-1925), “The City of Falling Leaves” 1916

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