Thursday, October 18, 2012

Poetry Friday: October's Bright Blue Weather

Photograph by Sanchezn

We're studying weather in second grade so this poem seemed an appropriate choice for today. Check out Poetry Friday at Live Your Poem

October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson

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 bumblebee makes haste, 
Belated, thriftless vagrant, 
And goldenrod is dying fast, 
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

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


  1. I, too, love October's bright blue weather. Here in Alabama, it could be the very best month of the year (though April, is flooded with blooms that never fail to inspire). Thank you for sharing!

  2. When all the lovely wayside things
    Their white-winged seeds are sowing...
    I just LOVE those lines - something wistful and hopeful and delicate about them.

  3. Such an exultant poem - can you send some of those glorious blue skies in this direction, please :-)

  4. Love this! She hits exactly what is so wonderful about these days. Favorite stanza: "When all the lovely wayside things
    Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
    And in the fields still green and fair,
    Late aftermaths are growing;"

  5. Today we have October's grey, drippy weather, which is great for snuggling under the covers and reading!! (I like the bright blue kind, too!)


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