Literary Hook: Simple poem helps usher in October

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Here is a simple, descriptive poem ushering in October.

October Morning

The street is quiet as cotton here,

Today, and the air Nordic sweet —

A luscious alchemy of blue spruce,

White pine, Russian sage, lemon mint

And lavender gone to seed, blended

With smoky leaves and woods of autumn.

Here the prairie garden wraps around us

With its limber maiden grasses, its tassels

Like a hundred wish-granting wands.

Hardy mauve sedum and goldenrod.

Let morning meander through lacey

Honey locusts as water trickles beneath

The periwinkle myrtle that winds

Beneath the service berry tree.

Let one red-veined leaf float

From the sunset maple and land

On the birdbath’s lip. Let its yellow

Complications lift like cabbage moths.

Let this day begin.

This poem was first published in Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity, Wind Pubications, 2005.Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2013, issue

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