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October's Bright Blue Weather

It's such a beautiful day that Katie and I went out and ate our lunch in the garden outside the Mt. Prospect Conservatory. We haven't had a frost yet and the garden was still blooming with roses and marigolds and a lot of things that I can't name off the top of my head.
it brought to mind a poem that my mother used to recite.
In celebration of this glorious day I thought I'd share it.


October's Bright Blue Weather
Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When Gentians roll their fringes tight
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October's bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
I do dimly recall October's bright blue weather, but here in the Twin Cities it's been rain for all but two days so far this month, and *I* am rapidly turning blue...
Oct. 18th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Good grief yes! 60 here today, with a sharp breeze and a sky so blue you could sign checks with it.

Had long forgotten that poem.

Like C.S. Lewis, I love October. Toasted muffins indeed...
Oct. 18th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
After the first frost, as the leaves start turning, the sky always acquires a particular shade of deep blue unique to the sky at that time. I have always called it "October blue."

Didn't know I was in poetic company. :-)

(This year I'm SO frustrated! We had hot, sticky, *August* weather until last week; still haven't had a good frost, but we've had enough rain that the leaves are falling before they turn. Not fair! I want autumn!)
Oct. 19th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too!

Oct. 19th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
October is my favorite too.
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