October Sonnet

by Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)

from All Round the Year, Verses from Sky Farm


What does a day in mid-October mean?

Free life, strong feeling, new and quick delight,
All things that are most warm, most rich and bright,

All things that are most sudden, stirring, keen!
The glowing hills, the mountain gaps between,

The sharp, fringed outlines of the wooded height,
The blue, blue sky, the clouds of rifted white, –

The something that is felt and heard and seen!
The genial sun, the strong and breezy air,

The depth of color ere the year shall die,
The sense of life that comes before decay;

The trees that glow ere Winter strips them bare,

The birds that sing before they southward fly,

–All these are in a mid-October Day!