October, Month of Falling Leaves

October 28, 2014

From A Child's Calendar by John Updike

From A Child’s Calendar by John Updike

by John Updike

The  month is amber,
Gold, and brown.
Blue ghosts of smoke
Float through the town.

Great V’s of geese
Honk overhead,
And maples turn
A fiery red.

Frost bites the lawn,
The stars are slits
In a black cat’s eye
Before she spits.

At last, small witches,
Goblins, hags,
And pirates armed
With paper bags.

Their costumes hinged
On safety pins,
Go haunt a night
Of pumpkin grins.

Multi-colored maple leaf

Multi-colored maple leaf

Watercolor sketch of maple leaf

Watercolor sketch of maple leaf

Watercolor sketch of maple leaf

Watercolor sketch of maple leaf


5 Responses to “October, Month of Falling Leaves”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    The leaf and your sketch are great. It’s always fun to catch nature “in process.” Artists,too. And I didn’t know the Updike poem. I’ve already passed it on.

  2. Elisa Says:

    I love it and the leaf rendition is stupendous and splendiferous!

  3. Mary Johnson Says:

    The imagery in the poem is wonderful. It takes me back to a time growing up in New England when Halloween was just a sweet part of the larger harvest season, filled with chilly days, corn stalks, and piles of leaves made for jumping in. Today it seems to be all about spending money on costumes, food, and decorations (sigh).

    • Rosemary Says:

      Here in Seattle it seems like Halloween is a week-long celebration instead of just one night. Merchants host daytime Halloween walks on a convenient weekend (for safety, I presume). Kids come into the libraty wearing costumes for days preceding the holiday. And of course, everyone still goes trick or treating on Halloween as well. It’s not either/or, it’s both or all.

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