October Gave a Party

“October Gave a Party”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana




October’s Party

by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came.
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses maple
In scarlet looked their best.

All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

I remember this poem from an English textbook I had in elementary school. The illustration that went with the poem showed leaves of different colors with human faces, arms, and legs all dancing around in a forest. For a child who had never seen fall color in person (here on the Gulf of Mexico coast we never really get the beautiful colors you northerners see) it conjured up such wonderful images of fall color. I am determined one day to see in person the splendid fall color I have only seen in photographs.

Today is Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening , nature or whatever strikes you.

Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day. Be sure to visit Carolyn’s blog for other poems.



  1. Miranda Bell said,

    October 2, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Dear Jan – I’m sorry I’ve not been around a great deal – have had the busiest summer with my work and now have a v. sore back… so at last some time to catch up on some of my favorite blogs – these are beautiful colours in those trees – I love autumn! Do hope you’re doing well and hope to manage to see more of your blog in the weeks to come… MIranda

    • Jan said,

      October 2, 2010 at 5:20 am

      Miranda, I know about being busy, and there have been family issues to attend to. I know I haven’t been able to blog or read blogs as frequently as I had been doing, but I am getting back on track, too. It does seem with the cooler weather that things are slowing down a bit. Glad you stopped by.

  2. Jane said,

    October 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Leaves are just barely starting to turn up here. Can’t wait for full fall color. Great little poem for October.

    • Jan said,

      October 3, 2010 at 6:24 am

      The few trees around here that do have some fall color do not start turning until around Thanksgiving. I think that is why fall arrangements with faux leaves are so popular.

  3. Jake said,

    October 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    In Lexington, KY our leaves started to turn and drop in September due to our drought. It seems since it has cooled down they have stopped and they tree’s are just now starting to turn colours.


    • Jan said,

      October 3, 2010 at 6:26 am

      That happens here, too, if we do not have rain. The leaves just brown and drop. We do not have the spectacular displays you can have, so it is disappointing to see the few colorful trees we do have not fire.

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