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To October … the glorious beginning!

Listen … do you hear that? The birds, rejoicing at the cooler air, have started singing again. Yesterday, my breakfast consisted of hot chocolate and buttered toast. The leaves are only just beginning to turn colors where I live, but it won’t be long before they flash some autumnal glam.

For most of the Northern Hemisphere, October signals the true end of summer, but October is my birthday month, so it’s always heralded a beginning for me. At my age, I don’t look forward to tallying up one more birthday, except to give thanks that I made it through another year, so I’ll focus on a beginning.

Let this be the beginning of the year I finally get it all together. Let this be the year I gather my harvest. Let this be the year I cease my struggling to be, and just BECOME.

I leave you with one version of my poem in honor of the season epitomized by October.


Undeniably, Autumn
looks a bit blowsy
at first glance, with wind-blown hair
of reds and golds and gaze of brazen blue.
You might well mistake her
for a fallen woman,
voluptuous and tipsy
with the fruit of her labors.
Her raucous laughter
takes you by surprise,
takes you in,
takes you under
her wings, soar
on high now you see
this is no slut, no slouch, no lazy woman,
this is strength and honor,
her ease well-earned,
her vibrant abandon deserved,
her motherhood fulfilled,
the harvest plenty.
She’s come back to herself, discovered
her wealth of beauty
and let it fly free and frantic and furious,
one last, brief, all-out fiesta
before twilight bares all
in frosted moonlight,
and she rests.

©Linda Cassidy Lewis, 2010

24 thoughts on “To October … the glorious beginning!”

    1. One of my daughters-in-law is a Halloween fanatic, Alannah. She can’t wait to decorate each year. We’ll be seeing their home next week. I’m not at all surprised it’s a holiday you love. 😉 Thank you for reading my poem.


  1. A wonderful poem. I am a summer girl but atumn is a time to get back into things again so that’s good. It is also a very pretty month with all the colours. It signals the rainy season here so no excuse not to get soem writing done. here is a quote from George Elliot “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.”
    Have a fabulous birthmonth!


    1. Thank you, Darlene. You probably wouldn’t be a summer girl if you lived in my town. October is the start of our rainy season too, and we had a bang-up start with rain all night then some serious storms throughout the day. I got caught in one and even though I ended up looking like a drowned cat, I loved it. I heard our mountains got 20 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.

      I love that quote! 🙂


  2. Linda, that’s a beautiful poem. Wow. Brought a tear to my eye. I also adore autumn. I love the weather, the colors, the fruit, the squash, the pumpkins, the smell of new pencils in the air, the leaves, the rain… I love every single thing about fall.

    I’m a late-September baby. Is that close enough to October to be considered one of the “best” writers? 😉


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