Scarlet and Yellow, Golden and Brown

October 24, 2012

Green Lake in autumn

Scarlet and yellow,
Golden and brown,
Winds of October
Blow all the leaves down.
Tear from the branches
Their curtains and spread
Carpets of color
Beneath them instead.
Glittering with rain
Or ablaze in the sun,
Falling in showers
Or dropped one by one.
Scarlet and yellow,
Golden and brown,
Winds of October
Blow the leaves down.

As far as I know, this is one of the few times that I am repeating a poem that I have previously posted on this blog!  I still can’t find the author of this poem, which I first read in a Waldorf school parenting class.  It certainly fits the landscape around Green Lake this week.

Foot path at Green Lake

Fall foliage at Green Lake

Carpets of color

Curtains of red against green and yellow

On the path at Green Lake on a windy October day

Fallen black walnut among the leaves

Winds of October, wild sky over Green Lake








8 Responses to “Scarlet and Yellow, Golden and Brown”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I must say – my favorite is the fallen black walnut. Subtle’s just as good as spectacular!

  2. Elece Hollis Says:

    Very beautiful photographs, Rosemary, and I like the one of the fallen walnut in the yellow leaves and the red carpet of colors shot too. The poem is so nice. Wish you could locate the writer.

  3. Adrienne Says:

    It’s certainly allowed to repeat a such a sweet poem. This one is worth memorizing.

  4. Adrienne Says:

    note: I see the poem is in the book, Autumn, from Wynstones Press kindergarten collection, but you would have to have the book, I think, to see if the author is identified.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Thanks, Adrienne. I’ll see if our expert reference librarians can track it down for me. I’ll keep you posted.

      • Rosemary Says:

        Here is what I heard back from the publisher at Wynstones Press: “This poem is of unknown origin. It was part of the material which was collected by Margret Meyerkort over many years of kindergarten teaching. “

  5. melanyrae62 Says:

    The fallen sweetgums are so beautiful!

  6. asdf Says:

    m. de havas is the author they say

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