Autumn Thoughts


Autumn in Normandy is a gorgeous season. Though this photograph (culled from a photo competition in The Republican) is of Autumn in Vermont, the view could just as easily be somewhere near here in a week or two.  

This farm in South Woodstock, Vt., is bathed in the colors of fall and serves as the perfect symbol of New England autumn to launch The Republican and’s second annual Fall Photo Contest. The picture was taken by Norman Halpern, of Holyoke.  

In common with just about everyone in the Northern hemisphere, I have been having clichéd September thoughts, which – as usual – emerge as lines of poetry. 

Some random autumnal thoughts  

Summer came late
and leaves us early
as though afraid to pamper
in advance of climate change 


 Winter hovers in the wings
and autumn threatens nightly.
Heavy dew and evening chill
belong much later, rightly. 


 Purple sky shades to ultramarine
small miracles of light bathe fields in gold
to match the leaves of autumn trees.

The view  is changing  by the minute:
far horizons now obscured
as rain sweeps by in curtains.

Lighter now
but gold is gone
surfaces gleam
with moisture. 


If you don’t like the weather,
wait ten minutes. 




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21 Responses to Autumn Thoughts

  1. you have the miracle of writing poem.Beautiful!


  2. dasuntoucha says:

    Your words put me right in that picture…nicely done!


  3. Purvi says:

    Lovely Nature poetry! The colors have been so rainow shaded in the poem.. I do it too! 🙂
    Do drop by my work..I am:


  4. Shashi says:

    Wow.. if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.. what a lovely line.. and I enjoyed the verse.. thanks

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay


  5. Jingle says:

    welcome to Rally week 30,
    a most 3 poems are accepted within 7 days…
    Happy Thursday!


  6. Gretchen says:

    This made me smile–this is just so, so true and I’m watching it right now. Your note at the end is EXACTLY what we say around here. Great job!


  7. Pleasant feel this read brought…the picture is fantastic too.



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  10. vivinfrance says:

    Thank you, Julie. Even though the picture wasn’t truly Norman! If you want to see a really local picture, scroll down to my Craneflies poem! I would love to visit New England or maybe Canada in the Fall, but it’s not likely to happen now.


  11. I adore the ending. Made me giggle, though here in Bakersfield… we pretty much stay the same. The image, from Holyoke, delights me since my daughter is now in college close to there, at Smith College. Being a Central California girl, she has seen little in the way of seasonal changes. Glad to know her autumnal view will be like this one.

    Thank you for bringing a bit of Normandy into my world!


  12. Jingle says:

    lovely job,
    no worrying about ping back thing…

    rest yourself..
    I assume you have done your dues…
    Thanks for the feedback.


  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    For me: memories of upstate New York – all the gold and red and brown … lovely, elegant poem and what a fine selection of photo … Love it!

    Happy Rally days, Vivian. Poem on …


  14. Beautiful, evocative of my years in la Bretagne…except, no fog.


  15. Jingle says:

    you may need to visit participants list again to have your entry read or commented…
    Happy Rally Wednesday!
    I love your work.


  16. Jingle says:

    love the changing mood,
    I can wait for 10 minutes if I dislike it..
    thanks form the elegant piece.


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  18. Tilly Bud says:

    You should have reminded me! Off to fbf now.


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