The weather here became suddenly sharp and chilling with the arrival of October, and the trees are now costumed in masquerade colors. Here are words and images celebrating the change into the Halloween season of autumn.
"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name."
- George Cooper, October's Party
Image source: Mark G. Cappitella website
"October's the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves sailing down --
October is red
And golden and brown."
- Anonymous, October
Image source: Dreamstime site (hi-res copy for sale)
"The stillness of October gold
Went out like beauty from a face."
- E.A. Robinson, Llewellyn and the Tree
Image source: Toinen linja
Image source original: Vincent Hevern/New Hampshire
"There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.
"The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills."
- William Bliss Carman, A Vagabond Song