Marcia Strykowski

Frost in Fall

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October by Robert Frost (from A Boy’s Will, 1915)

O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf;

One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

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Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, NH

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Two of my favorite songs to listen to in October are Moondance by Van Morrison and Harvest Moon by Neil Young–click on the song titles to watch & enjoy!



  1. Louise

    Beautiful poem and photos!


  2. What a lovely post! Brought back fond memories of visiting Frost Place a couple of summers ago. And I love your taste in music — both “Moondance” and “Harvest Moon” are personal favorites. 🙂


  3. Joyce

    Lovely post, Marcia. The photos are gorgeous, and Frost’s poem is wonderful with the idea that fall should slow down for the grapes’ sake!.


  4. Love the wake up call to Fall. It’s been so warm around here with the leaves barely changing, I almost forgot. Enjoyed the song choices, too.


  5. Lovely! Thank you for sharing.



  6. Ashley

    I love Robert Frost!! Your pics make me want to visit New Hampshire and that Harvest Moon video is awesome!!!


    • Thanks, Ashley. You’ll have to make a trip to New England someday!


  7. Beautiful words and images, thank you for sharing them. October is my new favourite poem.
    I always think of ‘ Autumn’ by John Keates at this time of the year – ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ perfectly sums up many an October morning in Somerset.


  8. I have always wanted to visit New England this time of year. The colors change very late here on Long Island! just starting to see some color on the trees now. And I love that poem! 🙂


    • Thanks for stopping by, Beth Ellyn!


      • I did Marcia, and now I’ve enjoyed it again – thank you for reminding me to take another look.


  9. Reblogged this on WordWorks and commented:
    A lovely post for Fall by a fellow native New Englander.


  10. Bette Norton

    Beautiful post Marcia! I love Robert Frost’s poem on October! Lovely pictures of his homestead. I always love visiting there! It has been awhile, I should go again especially in the Fall! I enjoyed watching the video of Harvest Moon by Neil Young!


  11. Muriel

    I love your blog. Very nice colors & theme.


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