Morning wears crisp cotton and smoky tulle
woven through with gold light.
North Shore mountains are sensibly dressed
in darkest denim, their tops
hidden, cozy under unrolling
bolts of blue- and grey-tinged fleece.
The park has thrown on a shawl
of embroidered leaves
in tangerine, scarlet, yellow
Even dwarf cedar has accessorized
her sensible green bouclé
with red leaf appliqués
of delicate Japanese maple.
© 2004 Capper’s Magazine. Also published by Prairie Messenger in 2006
This is a repost. I first posted “October Fashion” here exactly five years ago today. I hope fall is treating you to her head-turning style wherever you are!
This post is linked to Poetry Friday hosted today by the lovely Michelle Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty.
9 thoughts on “October Fashion”
Love your poem, Violet. Third stanza is my favorite! 🙂
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Isn’t this wonderful! Such ingenious imagery, Violet. I’m partial to those “red leaf appliqués
of delicate Japanese maple.”
Violet, your poem perfectly captures fall in Colorado. The highest peaks are that blue black purple of coming winter, and there’s already been snow in the mountains. And yet here in Denver, the world is orange, red, yellow glorious. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece.
Thanks Carol! Yes, those mountains add an extra layer of beauty, don’t they? I love all the contrasts.
Love that last stanza! (and all the rest, but the last stanza the most!!)
I love the use of clothing metaphor to bring a clear image of fall. Thanks for reposting this lovely poem.
You are a trendsetter for the season, Violet! Truly fashion forward from the past. =)
I love this!