Poets Corner: October Days


October Days

Fluttering, turning, floating

Across the autumn sky,

Gold and scarlet and apple-sweet

The leaf-like days drift by.

Lazy days of bittersweet

When time stands almost still…

But harvest moon and crisp night air

Bring a hint of the coming chill.

Rake them in! Gather them up

As a miser hoards his gold,

As a squirrel hides his acorns

Against the bitter cold.

For the lazy, golden, cinnamon days

When time stood almost still

Will warm your heart ’til a misty night

Brings an end to winter’s will.

Barbara Peckham

Barbara Peckham has lived on Martha’s Vineyard since 2001. A retired teacher, in 2011 she published a book of poetry, “A Jar of Summer.”