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October Thoughts

by Rusty C Arquette


It is October
and the winds
now blow cool...
in the shadows the
coolness hugs you...
the blood finds it
harder to warm
your veins...
retreating to your core...
saving its heat
for survival...
the first shiver
of approaching Winter
works its way down
my arms...
down my spine...

step into the light...
stand beneath the sun...
feeling the waves
of old Sol
pour down over you...
flowing like warm honey...
covering you
in a blanket of calm...
leaving you sleepy
and smiling...

each year I wait
for the last days
of sweltering Summer
to pass into Fall...
the first cool days
to reinvigorate
my spirits...
to prepare me
for holidays
and families...

today is that day...
the 59th time
I've felt the
sun on my face...
letting the cold
sinking from the north
slip like tentacles
around the contours
of my form...

the air is crisp...
a promise of renewal
caressing me...
as it did at
8 years,
12 years,
and 21...
over and over...
the unseen clock...
ticking away the minutes...
natures calendar
with its pages flipping
through months and years...

yet standing
in this field
once again...
I forget the world...
I forget the people...
I forget myself
and float above it all...
secure in this moment...
thinking how could
the moment be
any better...
how could this life,
in this place,
be anymore true...

10/18/2009

Author's Note: A wonderfully blustery day under my corner of the sky.

Posted on 10/18/2009
Copyright © 2021 Rusty C Arquette

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joe Cramer on 10/18/09 at 07:45 PM

... this is awesome.....

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 10/18/09 at 07:49 PM

October is my favorite month, my favortite time of year, my birth month and the month i first dated my true love, and you pay such wonderful tribute to it here. Thank you, smh

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 10/18/09 at 10:24 PM

PERFECT!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/19/09 at 04:49 AM

The last two days here - perfect description of them. I love fall!!!

Posted by Anne Engelen on 10/19/09 at 05:52 AM

The moment just got better as it became a shared moment.

Posted by Julie Adams on 10/20/09 at 09:25 PM

loved the progression of this piece...amazing stuff...great read! ~jewels

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 10/21/09 at 12:08 AM

...R-katski a great lil tumbler fall you point out...a turn o' nature and you caught it mid-dress...good one rcat.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 10/31/09 at 03:03 PM

I am enjoying reading these October poems, maybe because I am in the autumn of life, but your's washed over me like warm water and sunk into my heart. I appreciate your appreciation of the seasons, especially this one. This is a lovely introduction to your work. I look forward to reading more.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 03/30/11 at 01:38 AM

Fall and Spring--just exchange them and skip Winter and Summer. LOL!! You catch the reinvigoration of Fall so well.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 11/03/14 at 05:57 PM

you describe the season well, something to be felt more than in just our bones, but souls. there is something about the sun in Autumn which means infinitely more to me than it does in Summer. It is more warming the heart during such a season, where the sun is taken for granted as if it will always be there for the picking.

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