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A Calendar of Sonnets: October

The month of carnival of all the year,
When Nature lets the wild earth go its way,
And spend whole seasons on a single day.
The spring-time holds her white and purple dear;
October, lavish, flaunts them far and near;
The summer charily her reds doth lay
Like jewels on her costliest array;
October, scornful, burns them on a bier.
The winter hoards his pearls of frost in sign
Of kingdom: whiter pearls than winter knew,
Oar empress wore, in Egypt's ancient line,
October, feasting 'neath her dome of blue,
Drinks at a single draught, slow filtered through
Sunshiny air, as in a tingling wine!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


Read poems about / on: october, winter, purple, summer, spring, nature, time

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  • Shahzia Batool (8/28/2013 11:27:00 PM)

    yes, wonderful october indeed! ...a novel read!

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  • Queeny Gona (8/28/2013 5:34:00 AM)

    Wonderful write. Enjoyed the read.

  • Ramesh T A (8/28/2010 5:04:00 PM)

    Seasons of a year is compared in an interesting way according to the poet!

  • Neha Aradhye (8/29/2009 12:20:00 AM)

    You have wonderfully penned down...
    liked it.......
    keep it work! ! !

  • Herman Chiu (8/28/2009 4:59:00 PM)

    I was born in this month, and it is one of my favorites.
    In my opinion, this is a perfect description.

  • Dante' Camerlengo (8/28/2008 4:11:00 AM)

    I loved your poem as much as the season in which it beautifully describes.

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