Poetry of the Year - October

In wild explosions of fiery colour
that fans our inner flame,
October’s woods are turning
into towering bonfires,
ablaze with free-falling fruit.
As leaves flutter and fall
we run around like children,
trying to catch them in mid-air.

Everything seems redder this year,
as the scarlet of the maples
makes us weep with happiness,
whilst autumn’s bracken
slowly turns a golden brown.
In the fierceness of the rut,
we stamp our feet with longing
to return whole to ourselves.

Amid this month of mass funerals
Mother Nature glories in passing,
knowing Her autumnal seeds,
hidden from sight but not heart,
fall deep into the dark earth.
While Samhain’s sacred fire
lights our way to winter,
the season of sorcery is upon us.

Through the thinning of the veil,
as the gates between worlds open,
let us light a hallowed candle
by the mirror at midnight
and call upon our ancestors.
Blessed Hekatê, Great Mother!
May the light of your torches
guide their souls across the night.


Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2019

28 thoughts on “October

  1. Exquisite, Deborah. Thank you. I shared “October” many places and others shared it from me.

    Ah, the bonfire. This weekend both my sons will be home and they’re inviting friends for all night dancing and a big fire in a clearing near the forest to celebrate the October full moon. And the rut which comes by the end of October–the season when the sex-crazed bucks smash into our cars on country roads.

    Reds are appearing on the maples and oaks will be next. A Monarch just floated by and I have one, the last, that will eclose tomorrow or the next day. The threshold days are here, one season leaving and another arriving. You capture it so well and help me notice everything. I’ve collected baskets of acorns for fall and winter rituals–a whole oak waiting within that small nut. Squirrels are busy burying the abundance. The veil is thin and Hekate rules. The days are short and nights are long, but to celebrate the season, I adopted a black puppy who will move in with Willow and me on Sunday. Exciting, eh? Crazy, eh? I feel both Artemis and Hekate encouraging me in my autumn madness. Thank you for being there with me. Blessings to you and your seasonal images. With grateful love, Elaine

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for your beautiful, poetic reply and for sharing “October” with so many other like-minded souls! Yay! I have noticed a huge increase in views this month. This is/has been such a wonderful poetry journey that I would recommend to all poets because it’s really helping me (for the first time in my life) tap into the deeper rhythms and seasons of the year.

      I do hope both your sons forthcoming, all night dancing, full moon October weekend with family and friends goes well! How could it not with a big fire to share! Oh, I love to gather with like-minded souls around a huge bonfire at this time of the year. Pure magick! Ha-ha! “Sex-crazed bucks” is a such true description although fortunately, I’ve never had one crash into my car before!

      I love this month Elaine with its incredible colours. As I walk around my local woods I’m continuously struck by the beauty of Lady Autumn’s magnificent death and decay all around. The tall, dying back bracken here is virtually golden brown, it’s gorgeous! Hmm, the foraging squirrels, I’m sure they’ll be putting in an appearance in next month’s poem.

      Wow, a new puppy! How exciting for both you and Willow! Oh, I hope to hear all about him/her? soon and see more pics, although I did spot a beautiful photo of you both on FaceBook, so very cute! Thinking of you my dear friend as you release your last Monarch butterfly and your life transforms this season into the shape of a little black beauty! Warm autumnal wishes, Deborah.

  2. Gorgeous, thank you as always Deborah. Such beautiful and evocative images you’ve conjoured up and weaved together again, to honour this, my most favourite time of year. Deep thanks for your words best savoured slowly again and again… Angela

    1. Hi Angela, it’s simply wonderful to see you here again. Thank you so much for your gorgeous & most generous comment! I didn’t realise, until I started writing my autumn poems, how loved this season is by many. I hope your own writing and beautiful poetry is going well! Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah.

    1. I’m so happy that you’re enjoying my work Elaine … that knowledge alone is enough of a comment for me! I hope you feel less tired and re-energnised soon. Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah.

  3. Deborah, this is a perfect read for the autumn season. Time throw another log on the fire and cozy up to poetry.

    1. Oh, what warm, welcoming words you gift this poet! As fire + poetry = magick for me … especially this month! Many thanks Bookworm. Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah.

  4. I love this time of year Deborah and your wonderful description of Mother Nature in all of her Autumnal glory held me from the first line to the last.

    Your reference to a time of “mass funerals” brings images to mind of the trees celebrating death with their flaming colours in one last hurrah before the leaves fall away and they go within in contemplation. How nature mirrors our own lives – in the same way the trees let go of their leaves in the full knowledge that seeds have been set for their future, so we spend time reflecting on the past year and letting go of anything that no longer serves, clearing a way for the seeds of new ideas and adventures in the year to come.

    I wonder if the idea for a new poetry project will emerge for you at this time, once your Poetry of the Year reaches completion…

    Much love and light, Sophia.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your wonderful, kind-hearted reply. I agree, October is a beautiful month! Oh, I’m so pleased you (also) enjoy those ‘towering bonfires’ all across ancient woodlands at this time of the year in their wild, flaming autumnal colours. Yes, one last hurrah indeed!

      Mid-autumn is the perfect time to light a fire and go within and wonder. Nature mirroring our own lives to be sure! With seeds now sown and deep in Mother Earth they will remain there, totally unseen, until one day in early spring tiny green shoots (new ideas) appear!

      Hmm, I have thought about writing poems about the Tree Alphabet (Tree Ogham) next but my dreams are pointing me in another direction towards mind, body & soul connection … as of yet I have no idea how this will turn out … I’ll have to wait and see. Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah.

      1. Ahh the Tree Ogham, how wonderful. If you don’t know her already you might be interested in Glennie Kindreds books, one of which is dedicated to the Tree Ogham – its a really informative read filled with myths and tales as well as how to create your own Tree Ogham as an oracle.

        1. Many thanks Sophia! I’ve got two of her (Glennie Kindred’s) small books already. Hmm, I’m off to amazon now to add more books to my ever-growing wishlist! 🙂

  5. Thank you so much again for this wonderful expression of a season in which man must patiently take it with an eye on the colourful leaves that calm one’s heart ❤❤

    1. Oh that’s so lovely Aladin, thank you! I was tempted to put up a colour version of the photo I used but decided to keep things black and white and let my readers imagination do the rest! And many thanks for sharing my poem on FaceBook too! Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah. ❤❤

  6. This poem had me at, “In wild explosions of fiery color that fans our inner flame…”
    and by the time I reached, “Blessed Hecate, Great Mother! May the light of your torches guide their souls across the night,” I was fully under its spell.

    You, my sister, are a seasoned sorceress with great power to mystify and delight! On this breezy day in Florida I suddenly see and hear Great Mother singing her love song to October in gracefully waving Spanish moss and fluttering leaves.

    Thank you. I’ll be reading “October” to my Wise Women group when we meet next week to share our thoughts about the Autumn of our lives.

    With gratitude, love, and blessings,


    1. Wow! Thank you so much Jeanie for your simply amazing review! I’m thrilled to know that you’ll be sharing my latest autumn poem with your Wise Women circle. What an honour as I’ve been admiring your work for years! Oh, and to learn that you think of me as a seasoned sorceress to boot! Dear friend, please know that this wild-witch-woman is whooping for joy!

      I love your post today, and the previous one about the Caryatids and if my readers haven’t come across your incredible work yet they need too … as I’ve been looking at your “Lady of the Torch” (Statue of Liberty) with new eyes ever since! And I love the poetry in your reply … that you “see and hear Great Mother singing her love song to October”. Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah.

  7. “The leaves are changing; I feel poetry in the air.” — Laura Jaworski

    October lends itself to poetry well. A time for artistry and awe. More rich words and dazzling colours from my favourite poet! All the best, Anna.

    1. In just a few words you’ve made my day! Thank you so much Anna for your continual support and wonderful encouragement of my work! Oh, I love the quote you’ve shared. Hmm, I haven’t heard of Laura Jaworsi so I’m off to google her now! Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah

  8. Wonderful Deborah!!!!! Your beautiful verses filled with vibrant colour are helping me get into the spirit of autumn on this wet (it’s raining cats and dogs out there!!!) day. Each autumn I usually hold back from lighting a fire until the beginning of October and so today is a special day in our household and we’re all very excited!! Pinch punch and all that! HF

    1. Thank you so much Henry for your most generous comment! I hope you’re well and still enjoying your creative writing group? Yes, we had rain earlier although it passed quickly and has left behind grey skies which are actually heightening the colour of falling leaves in the garden this morning. Well, I’ll be thinking of you tonight with your roaring fire all aglow! Lucky you! And ha-ha to your pinch & punch! Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah.

        1. I’m a huge fan of writing groups and writing with others yet can’t find a local group that focuses on poetry alone. Oh, yes to blogging Henry! Keep me posted.

  9. I hope my response comes through Deborah – we’re driving through the Karoo right now. Sunday and yesterday we were at the zebra mountain lodge a place of great beauty and I wondered about your October poem as we were driving around up hill down dale, valleys and around the corner, vast plains. And here your prose are – bursting with colour and light yet with dark shades fully revered. May you continue to write of light, and be the light knowing how essential this is at all times. Thank you Deborah – love, light, laughter to you.

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your wonderful, kind-hearted reply to my latest poem! Oh, I felt like I was travelling with you then through the great plains of South Africa’s beautiful Karoo. I just checked online, it’s so beautiful! What a feast for the eyes, heart and soul! Up and down the valleys I went spotting many a view and wild creature in those semi-desert lands. Lovely! Sending back much love, light and laughter across the oceans between us! Both warm autumnal & springtime blessings to you, Deborah.

      1. Dear Deborah, at last WiFi so I can respond and say how exciting it was to read your response and that you’d had a look online at this part of the world! We’’re now in Johannesburg where spring is in full bloom; the jacarandas (a little early), bougainvillea, almond and cherry blossom against the bright shades of green and the blue of the highveld sky are truly a delight. I plan to put up a post soon I hope which will be mainly visual of photos I’ve taken on our travels so far (the light at the mountain zebra lodge was extraordinary), and ones to come – even though where we’re going on Saturday will be dry as a bone but animals hopefully in abundance. Love light & laughter to you 🙂

        1. Dear Susan, I’m looking forward to reading your next post already! I love your beautiful, poetic descriptions of Johannesburg’s springtime blooms & blossoms … can’t wait to see your travelling photos and hear all about your latest trip!

          I’m also feeling excited that my poetry book will be finally landing in your hands this month. The early poems I wrote during my teenage years are not available online. I hope you enjoy it! Love, light & laughter back to you, Deborah

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