October

My backyard

I wrote this poem during my first fall in Oregon. It was inspired by the 10-mile drive from town to my home along Highway 47, one of many roads here that takes my breath away.

October

If I drive off the road of life
know I was distracted by the wilderness
gazing for a moment at gilded leaves
arched against jagged boughs of evergreen.
 
Perhaps I beheld a quilted river
of fallen crimson and vermillion
winding along the roadside
vine maples blazing in random rays of sun.
 
Had I gazed into the weave and texture of leaves
layers interlaced, sharp and dense against the sky?
Or the rain glistening, black branches of the forest bending
silhouetted by canopies of countless green.
 
Did I glimpse dry fields of weeds,
browning blades and flyaway seeds
the river meandering, my roadside companion
a tapestry of quiet color before me?
 
If I soar off the road of life
and fail to rise
know that I drove distracted by the wilderness
and my eyes brimmed with beauty.

***

Just a note that Catling’s Bane is free today until the 29th.

178 thoughts on “October

  1. Thank you for the beautiful autumn picture!

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  2. Lovely. Nothing so inspires the pen as the delights of autumn. As L.M. Montgomery wrote in Anne of Green Gables: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

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  3. devereaux frazier says:

    Reblogged this on Creative Writing Reblogged.

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  4. sm00chezzz says:

    I loved this the way u captured autume’s beauty was breath taken

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  5. J.D. Riso says:

    Such an atmospheric poem. Your love for this place shines through the words.

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  6. Look at all the good stuff I have been missing out on while I tried to get my poop in a group. You are amazing, D, and are such an inspiration. ‘my eyes brimmed with beauty’…brilliant. I hope you are doing well!! xo

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    • Thanks for the visit, Tanya. I was thinking about you just a couple days ago and wondering how you are. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem. Alas, all the leaves here have whirled away. Happy November, my friend. ❤

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  7. Such a beautiful poem. I especially like the last stanza. Nice work!

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  8. inesephoto says:

    Oh sorry, I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful drive 🙂

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  9. I love this poem. Brilliantly done!

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  10. fascinating word painting D, it is awesome, I can see that gorgeous river by your road now! thanks for sharing the vision!

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  11. Diana. This is stunning. Do you have more poetry hidden on here? ❤

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  12. Wonderful poem, Diana! I love Fall and find it so inspirational too ❤

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  13. beautiful. as usual. i was transported.

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  14. An outstanding description of autumn, Diana. We don’t have that here in India and I miss it. I grew up in northeastern Ohio near a small lake surrounded by an old-growth forest. In autumn the trees turned glorious colors which were reflected in the clear water. Thanks for the book. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks for sharing your memories of Ohio autumns, Suzanne. I think every part of the world has it’s glorious displays of nature, and this is one we get to enjoy in the northern climes. And you’re welcome for the book, just a quiet mention. 🙂 Have a wonderful week ahead, my friend.

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  15. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Oh, the beauty of autumn captured in your poem! I especially love the first and last stanzas. This is a truly lovely tribute to October.

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  16. Dave Ply says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve been up highway 47. It’s nice even in its green phase – I can only imagine it in fall colors. More easily now, thanks to your poem.

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