Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Poetry Writing Month Day 1

Its October again, and time for the October Poetry Writing Month Challenge or OctPoWriMo for short. The challenge is to write a poem a day for the month of October.  The fine folks over at OctPoWriMo Poetry Challenge provide daily prompts for those who are stuck for inspiration, but one can always post on whatever topic one wishes. I participated last year (See the poetry tab above for some of the results) and found it a tremendous spur to my creativity. I also enjoyed the daily contact with so many other poets. 

The Day One prompt is Autumn. 


It always was my favorite time of year.
Back to school
Tricks and treats
Carving pumpkins
piles of leaves.
Thanksgiving feasts.

It is still my favorite time of year,
I love the cooling air and changing leaves.
And still look forward to tthe fun
Even though its mostly for the kids.

And now the beauty of the time
Is tinged with melancholy.
Adulthood brings awareness
Of autumn's Mysteries:
How the world looks so alive
At the moment it is dying.

Harbingers of winter
Reminders that in the midst of plenty
Nature's drawing closer
To the Days of the Dead.

This post is part of  the October Poetry Writing Challenge. To see what other poets have created for Day 1 of the Challenge click here.


  1. Poetry that makes me feel in my heart is very powerful indeed and your poem definitely had me feeling a range of emotions. Thank you for joining us for this poetic journey. There was a problem with your link in the link up but I went in and repaired it.

    1. Thank you for fixing the link. Sometimes I have to work from my Nook, like today, and i have to enter the links by hand, no cut and paste, and one of the dashes was probably off. Glad you perceived the emotions of thee poem. Thank you again.

  2. The final eight lines really drive home what I've always felt about autumn. Nicely done!

    1. Thank you so much. I love all the fun of autumn, but I know Samhain awaits...

  3. I love this - especially your closing lines. And I was thinking today about the fact that Fall is so colorful, yet it signals the death of things, so I loved that you had articulated that in your poem. Well done!

    1. Thank you Linda...it started out one thing then turned ito another the more I thought about it.

  4. I really liked the third verse. I hadn't thought of it like that before -- but that's what poetry does, isn't it. Thank you. xoA

    1. Thank you Annis, so glad you enjoyed it.

  5. "How the world looks so alive
    At the moment it is dying."

    That is a killer line! Definitely my favorite. Very nice poem.

    1. Thanks Anna, it was my favorite too...

  6. Anna expressed my exact thought... love that line!

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