Autumnal Splendor, Frost and Poetry

There has always been something about the autumn season that has lent itself to poetry for me.  I am not sure if it was because it seemed to be the time when poetry was introduced in the school, or because my mother would recite lines of Robert Frost poems as the days grew shorter, trees change color and nights became colder.

We'd take a walk down the beach, the trees all red and gold. I would walk along to top of the seawall, as Mom would quote, "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know/What I was walling in or walling out,/And to whom I was like to give offense." (Mending Wall)

Or, "Heaven gives it glimpses only to those/Not in position to look too close," (Passing Glimpse) would be recited when I called for her to come and see what treasure I had found.

Poetry and autumn, for me, go hand in hand even more these days.  I will be taking the 30 Poems in November challenge to raise much needed funds for the Center for New Americans, a local non-profit organization that helps bring resources to immigrants and refugees in our community.  I love that we promote literacy by participating in a literacy rich event.

In preparation for the challenge, I have been getting my creative juices flowing by taking pictures of the foliage.  As I have told my students, sometimes, we can create a poem with pictures instead of words.  Here is an example:

The bottom picture inspired me to remember the lines from Road Not Taken, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I.../I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference."

I am taking the road not taken by many...the path of the poet.  I will write 30 or more poems next month.  Perhaps end up with a new book to publish, or perhaps simply enjoy the mental exercise of writing.

If you want to support my efforts, you can visit my page for the challenge and pledge what you can. Amazingly, $5 can make a world of difference to someone who has just come to this country. Every little bit helps! If you are interested, my page is found at: 

Thanks in advance for your support and thanks to all those who have already supported this most worthy effort.

Together, we make a difference!  Namast√©!


Julie Luek said…
Great idea! I love your pictures too. I just posted an article with the pictures I took this weekend of the fall foliage in the Colorado mountains. It truly is visual poetry. .

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