September in the Ozarks

Joan Hart

Joan Hart


It was George Eliot who wrote  “... if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive Septembers.” Actually, she wrote about seeking successive autumns, but I’m sure if she had given it more thought she would have said September.

I love poetry.  I love reading it aloud to myself and anybody else who will listen.  (It’s amazing how few people will!)  I love memorizing poetry. I still remember October’s Bright Blue Weather from grade school. “When comrades seek sweet country haunts...and count like misers, hour by hour, October’s bright blue weather.”  I only wish I had  thought of those lines before Helen Hunt Jackson  wrote them.

September poems are hard to find so I wrote one myself this week. Since this newspaper doesn’t print poetry, you will have to go to my Facebook page “Straight From The Hart” to read it.

September is an incredible month. Sandwiched in between August (my birth month so therefore special to me) and October, about which many poems have been written, it is a bridge, a transition time.

Victoria Erickson wrote about September in this way: “This strangely still pause between Summer and Autumn - greenery and gold,  and the heat and rising wind that is once again ready in itself to rush it all the way into a climatic Symphony of color and scent is, in my opinion, one of the best parts about living on Earth.”

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