Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"October"


October

Each year you shed your corset,
tilt sunflower head, wink.

Display contours of peaks and valleys
I love.  Intimately hold my hand,
invite me to suckle from swollen breast
all the nourishment I need -

bolster me for November's
stinging slap.

by Margaret Bednar, October 1, 2014


This is for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Words Count with Mama Zen" - the personification of October in 53 words or less.


20 comments:

georgeplaceblog said...

Your beginning is brilliant - love the whole thing and agree with the ending.

C.C. said...

Ah, November's slap....it comes too soon....but the sweetness of October lingers in your words.

Mama Zen said...

I love this, Margaret. Beautiful imagery.

Poet Laundry said...

Ha! I love how you turned it with November's slap. Ouch, so true. Beautiful photos...sigh...Autumn can be so gorgeous.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is delightful, Margaret. I wasn't expecting that stinging slap at the end.. but it gives a very good idea of cold weather's approach.

Susan said...

Love how you lure us into the nurture and then remind us that it will end soon enough, and harshly. Fantastic.

hedgewitch said...

October has her own sort of nourishment, indeed. There is still enough of the summer in her to feed us that last sip before the land turns silent.Loved both words and pics here, Margaret.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Great parting lines, its as though I could feel the sting of the slap.

Dom said...

Absolutely brilliant <3 My favorite time of year.

Other Mary said...

A lovely personification, Margaret.

Fireblossom said...

"tilt sunflower head, wink" How I love that!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I think I just tasted warm ginger cookies and apple cider...

Vandana Sharma said...

oops! the slap of november!!

kaykuala said...

It has been nice and well until November comes along. It is being in preparedness! Great lines Marge!

Hank

gabrielle said...

October as supple, ample and bountiful mother. Beautiful how life’s seasons offer sustenance and fortitude. I come away from your words with a deeper awareness of the comforts hiding in plain sight.

Stacy Lynn Mar said...

i love how the corset is shed...

and those pictures are just beautiful!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Good one! I can feel November's stinging slap. Ouch!

Katy Magee said...

This reads like a courtship. A sensuous, delicious courtship.

Wonderful!

Susie Clevenger said...

I love this..October is the deep breath before winter's cold. Such gorgeous photos.

Marian said...

so deftly female, from the corset to the nursing and nurturing, to the slap. i like this.