From A Child's Calendar by John Updike

From A Child’s Calendar by John Updike

October
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

 

A neighbor's farm hosts this pumpkin patch every year

Happy Halloween!

Orange is the color of autumn, especially around Halloween.  One of my Dad’s neighbors sells pumpkins from their pumpkin patch.  Here are some photos:

Pumpkins with vintage bicycle

Wagon-load of pumpkins for sale

Another pumpkin display

Page from John Updike's A Child's Calendar

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel . . .”
— John Updike, “September,” from A Child’s Calendar

Page from John Updike's A Child's Calendar

This is the season for apples.  We have plenty on our apple trees this year.  Yesterday morning I picked up those that had fallen over night and juiced them for breakfast.  I added three carrots, half a lemon, and some leftover blackberries.  Yum!

Apple growing in our side yard

Still life with apples