September

Original Text: 
Helen Jackson, Poems (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1892), pp. 206-07. PS 2107 P6 1892 Robarts Library.
2  The corn is turning brown;
3The trees in apple orchards
4  With fruit are bending down.
6  Are curling in the sun;
8  Its hidden silk has spun.
10  In every meadow nook;
12  Make asters in the brook,
13From dewy lanes at morning
14  The grapes' sweet odors rise;
15At noon the roads all flutter
16  With yellow butterflies.
17By all these lovely tokens
18  September days are here,
19With summer's best of weather,
20  And autumn's best of cheer.
21But none of all this beauty
22  Which floods the earth and air
23Is unto me the secret
24  Which makes September fair.
25'T is a thing which I remember;
26  To name it thrills me yet:
27One day of one September
28  I never can forget.

Notes

1] golden-rod: North American flower, having pyramidal branched yellow or white blossom-clusters on wand-like stems. Back to Line
5] gentian: blue-flowered herb. Back to Line
7] milkweed: tall perennial herb with milky juice. Back to Line
9] sedges: perennial marsh plants with solid stem and a flowercluster at its top. Back to Line
11] asters: fall-blooming herb with tubular or star-like flowers. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.