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  • Here's some October poetry & another gif poem for #monthlymusings I'm putting all these in one giant document and realize that I have almost 50 month-based poems now; including 1 that was even published. :] I'm enjoying seeing what themes I thought went with October this year versus last year and also which months I somehow have almost nothing written for versus the ones that I have a lot for. ~ #writingpoetry #alliyahpoets

    october | gathering
    Spoiler! :
    text version:
    october sweeps up all her loose-ends
    meticulously finding every stray acorn,
    each fallen-leaf and unsung harvest-song,
    every unfinished thought and margin note,
    she bundles up every last piece of autumn
    that may help her to make it through the winter;
    til the burnt-orange leaves form mountains,
    and the harvest trimmings cover the sky,
    entirely unhindered by lack of space
    to store her wares, and she tells me
    with a light unbothered ease,
    her survival strategy this year
    is more about gathering
    than living.

    october | uncommitted

    october told me she was done with him,
    done with summer, and wasn't looking back,
    too many long days, and sun-burnt promises
    lost in the tide, so she's setting her sights
    for something better, she says this every year,
    and i'd almost believe her
    when the leaves fall soft, and the northern wind
    stirs in songs around the trees, but
    i catch her looking longingly at the sun
    each morning when the frost gathers on her windshield,
    and i see her pause as her breath catches
    hanging in the winter-chilled air,
    and i know she's still holding too many
    corn stalks and overgrown vines tight in her arms
    to tell the sky to snow.

    Liminality Love the orange tones these two poems make me think of! Especially with images like "burnt-orange leaves" and "sun-burnt promises".
    Nov 8, 2021

    alliyah Thanks Lim! The perfect autumn color! :3 Also I guess I am a big fan of latching "burnt" on to any word. :D
    Nov 8, 2021

The idea that a poem was a made thing stayed with me, and I decided then that I wanted to be an artist, not just a diarist. So I put myself through a kind of apprenticeship in writing poetry, and I understood even then that my practice as a poet was deeply related to my reading.
— Edward Hirsch