October By Robert Frost

pepper tree

In October, even in South Florida, there is a hint of fall. The sunlight glints through the trees more golden, breezes kick up, and there’s the promise of a reprieve from the humidity–even if we have to wait until November or December for it. Here’s to celebrating autumn whether you are gazing upon miles of open country with trees the color of crimson or you are strolling about a city center enjoying the crisp weather. Cheers!


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
By  Robert Frost

2 thoughts on “October By Robert Frost”

  1. Thank you for sharing this poem about Autumn; as a fellow Floridian I share that instinctive excitement that conjures leaves burning and the welcome respite from the humidity! The lines “Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst” are so perfect; a true gift of poetry and reason enough to feel the excitement in the coolness of the air even if it is a faint genetic memory!
    The photo is beautiful, Pamela!
    Cheers to you!

    1. Hi Willow,
      Thanks so much for dropping by!
      Yes, those are my favorite lines of the poem, too. I love Frost!
      I have yet to be immersed in autumn somewhere where the leaves turn but even here in South Florida I appreciate the seasonal changes.
      Hope you are feeling well. Thinking of you . . .

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