Poetry

Oh, October

 ... here we go again

by Russ Priestley

     Oh, October, October
     Please give us a break.
     You bring us cold weather
     And leaves to rake.

     You were the eighth month
     In the calendar Roman.
     Now you're two months late
     And that is a bad omen.

     You transpose the leaves
     Into breath-taking beauty,
     But please hold them there.
     Spare us from disposal duty.

     We're hardy New Englanders
     So we'll be assiduous
     'cause that's the one word
     Which rhymes with deciduous.


October 3, 2003


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