Jack’s Walk

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A Calendar of Sonnets: October

The month of carnival of all the year,
When Nature lets the wild earth go its way,
And spend whole seasons on a single day.
The spring-time holds her white and purple dear;
October, lavish, flaunts them far and near;
The summer charily her reds doth lay
Like jewels on her costliest array;
October, scornful, burns them on a bier.
The winter hoards his pearls of frost in sign
Of kingdom: whiter pearls than winter knew,
Oar empress wore, in Egypt’s ancient line,
October, feasting ‘neath her dome of blue,
Drinks at a single draught, slow filtered through
Sunshiny air, as in a tingling wine!
Helen Hunt Jackson


  1. Nightjar says

    Beautiful photo, such a gorgeous autumn scene! A little difficult to believe it’s already autumn when temperatures are still around 30ºC here. But thankfully they are supposed to drop in the weekend and there’s even rain predicted for Sunday… I sure hope it comes.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    The tree with the reddest leaves pops out nicely in the picture and the other colours of foliage are also beautiful.

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