A Vagabond Song Poem by Bliss William Carman

A Vagabond Song

Rating: 3.1


There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.

The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her,
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 03 December 2015

This poem lilts and calls us by name! I am totally captivated by the talent

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Susan Williams 21 January 2017

Oh, what a lovely poem in all its textures and word choices and rhythm - -this goes on my Favorite list.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 03 December 2015

Amazing flow of imagery, rhyme and emotions. Enjoyed reading the meaningful poem. Thanks for sharing.10 points.

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 03 December 2015

Very beautiful imagination fantastically written poem.

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Shah Surja 03 December 2015

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir; We must rise and follow her, When from every hill of flame She calls and calls each vagabond by name. 

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Sara Blanford 23 September 2019

I have to learn this poem for class! ????

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Ed clapp 16 July 2019

My mother and I recited this year's ago now I recite it over the grave every fall thanks

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Kaaren Lynch 01 December 2018

I love this poem. I first heard it in the 7th grade, and it described perfectly the way I feel about autumn; and the way my blood stirs in autumn.

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Bill Spriggs 27 March 2018

I remember this poem when was a child in grade four in 1939 at Macdonald High School. My teacher, Shirley Osborn, was also very moved by this poem and read it to us. I still recall the words she read.

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Sherilyn Smith 16 December 2017

His poems ate so evocative and rich in emotion I love several of them.

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