The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ~P.D. James
Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year. ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010
The days may not be so bright and balmy?yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell?some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power. ~Northern Advocateqtd in Cyclopaedia of Nature Teachings, 1892, TPVgb reprinted
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~John Bailey, "Autumn," a haiku year, 2001, as posted on oldgreypoet.com
There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. ~e.e. cummings
Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. ~Nova Bair
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
There is no season in all the year so beautiful, so radiant with glory, as the early autumn. There is no time when the human soul drinks in so fully the glory and beauty of nature. All objects of beauty are more beautiful while passing away from us. The closing up of a beautiful life?the fading of the holy stars in the dim light of morning?the ending of a quiet summer day and the passing away of the bright summer glory, are all more sweet and lovely as they are lost to us. The death-glow always beautifies anything that wears the trace of beauty ere it goes back to nothingness. We do not understand the secret of this principle, yet we know that it is some law of the infinite mind. ~Northern Advocateqtd in Cyclopaedia of Nature Teachings, 1892, TPVgb reprinted
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came –
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October’s Party"
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz
There ought to be a way to combine “autumn” and “morning” into one word, the combination of the two is special enough to be its own entity. ~Terri Guillemets
Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow. ~Charles Dickens, Bleak House