November Muse Day

“November Muse Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Today is Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening.  Now, that it is November, there seems to be less gardening to be done and more time to spend with family and friends.  That is why I chose this poem for November’s Muse Day.


Edgar Guest

“Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Tha
nksgivin’ prayers.”

Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.  Check out some of the poems other bloggers have chosen for this month.


  1. November 1, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Hi Jan…I’m not familiar with Edgar Guest. I’m going to have to check him out! Thanks for sharing a beautiful muse.

  2. nancybond said,

    November 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Oh this is lovely! And the photo a perfect illustration for November. 🙂

  3. carolyngail said,

    November 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Edgar Guest is one of favorite poets, Jan and your selection is indeed perfect for this time of year. Thanks so much.

  4. Jan said,

    November 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Alexandra, Edgar Guest was a very popular poet during the first half of the 20th century. Many feel he is too sentimental, but I find many of his poems speak to that longing we all sometimes have for a simpler time.

    Thanks, Nancy. That is a photo that I took early this morning of my cassia tree which is just about in full bloom now.

    Carolyn, glad you like my choice for this month’s GBMD. I enjoy reading everyone’s selection. Thanks for coming up with the idea.

  5. Lisa at Greenbow said,

    November 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I love the part that says ‘sit down with those I love best’. I can’t wait for that to happen soon.

  6. Jan said,

    November 1, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I agree, Lisa. Being with loved ones is the best thing about the holidays.

  7. mothernaturesgarden said,

    November 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks so much for your lovely Thanksgiving post.

  8. Jon Pen said,

    November 1, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Jan, such a treat for me to sneak back online to post a few things and to visit your lovely blog once again. Thanks for the nice comment and kind words you left on my blog…..I appreciate your concern and best wishes.

    Great poem you selected for your post above!

    Jon at Mississippi Garden on 11-1-08

  9. November 1, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    What a great poem! Your photo is perfect – and beautiful! 🙂 Thank you for sharing both.

  10. Jan said,

    November 2, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Mothernaturesgarden, you are welcome. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by your loved ones.

    Jon, it sounds as if you are getting better. There is nothing like looking at garden blogs to lift your spirits especially if you can’t garden yourself yet, so I am glad you were able to do so. I look forward to you posting more about your garden.

    Shady Gardener, thanks for the feedback. I appreciate your interest.

  11. tina said,

    November 2, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Great poem! What kind of tree/shrub is that? Are those yellow berries?

  12. tina said,

    November 2, 2008 at 8:36 am

    On second thought, is that tree the same one you posted about recently? Sure is lovely.

  13. Jan said,

    November 2, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Tina, those are yellow flowers from the cassia tree I recently wrote about that was just starting to bloom. Now, it is almost in full bloom. I took that photo about 7 am, and it was a misty morning. The golden yellow is so bright that the flowers seem to glow even under early morning light.

  14. fairegarden said,

    November 2, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Jan, Edgar Guest is a down to earth poet that I have always admired. Simple feelings expressed simply. Thanks for posting this one, it is perfect for this time of year.


  15. Curmudgeon said,

    November 2, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Very fun poem!

  16. Jan said,

    November 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the feedback on my poetry selection. Edgar Guest is one of my favorites also. I remember there used to be a monthly magazine called Ideals that featured many of his poems.

    Curmudgeon, thanks for visiting and commenting.

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