October Muse Day

“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.

Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.

Often autumn poems are sad and depressing – all about things dying, etc.  This is why I like the following poem.  It’s a little lighter.


Merry Autumn
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It’s all a farce,—these tales they tell
About the breezes sighing,
And moans astir o’er field and dell,
Because the year is dying.

Such principles are most absurd,—
I care not who first taught ’em;
There’s nothing known to beast or bird
To make a solemn autumn.

In solemn times, when grief holds sway
With countenance distressing,
You’ll note the more of black and gray
Will then be used in dressing.

Now purple tints are all around;
The sky is blue and mellow;
And e’en the grasses turn the ground
From modest green to yellow.

The seed burs all with laughter crack
On featherweed and jimson;
And leaves that should be dressed in black
Are all decked out in crimson.

A butterfly goes winging by;
A singing bird comes after;
And Nature, all from earth to sky,
Is bubbling o’er with laughter.

The ripples wimple on the rills,
Like sparkling little lasses;
The sunlight runs along the hills,
And laughs among the grasses.

The earth is just so full of fun
It really can’t contain it;
And streams of mirth so freely run
The heavens seem to rain it.

Don’t talk to me of solemn days
In autumn’s time of splendor,
Because the sun shows fewer rays,
And these grow slant and slender.

Why, it’s the climax of the year,—
The highest time of living!—
Till naturally its bursting cheer
Just melts into thanksgiving.


  1. Janet said,

    October 1, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Hi Jan, I agree, what a joyful poem about autumn. I can’t believe it is October already. wow. I do love the colors of the leaves in the fall, it is an opportunity to see all the varieties of trees and shrubs in landscape. Here in Virginia the dogwoods are starting to jump out of the landscape with their bright red berries and scarlet leaves….what a show!

  2. nancybond said,

    October 1, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Lovely! A perfect, uplifting poem for the first day of October. 🙂

  3. Melody said,

    October 2, 2009 at 7:23 am

    What a wonderful poem! While I think the colors of autumn are beautiful, I often feel sad because winter is coming. This poem reminds me to enjoy the moment.

  4. LeSan said,

    October 3, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I have always thought of Autumn as a second spring. It is just as pretty and really should be its own holiday.

  5. October 3, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Lovely poem Jan. Thank you for your visit and comment, I really envy you, you say you have a few more month!! without frost. Ah…wishful thinking.

    Have a great weekend/ Tyra

  6. Jake said,

    October 4, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I am glad to see a happier autumn poem. I don’t know why autumn is constantly used as a symbol of death. I love autumn.


  7. Lana said,

    October 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Very cool poem–thanks for sharing. I have to say, Autumn in Canada was MUCH harder on me than it is here (although I do miss the color change.) Heck, I don’t even have to endure real Winters anymore, so I’m good. *L*

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