September

I know this is the last day of September, but I read this poem several days ago and had to share it with you:

 

September — by Helen Hunt Jackson

 

The goldenrod is yellow;

The corn is turning brown;

The trees in apple orchards

With fruit are bending down.

 

The gentian’s bluest fringes

Are curling in the sun;

In dusty pods the milkweed

Its hidden silk has spun.

 

The sedges flaunt their harvest

In every meadow nook;

And asters by the brook-side

Make asters in the brook.

 

From dewy lanes at morning

The grapes’ sweet odors rise;

At noon the roads all flutter

With yellow butterflies.

 

By all these lovely tokens

September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather,

And autumn’s best of cheer.

 

As we say goodbye to September and welcome October and the harvest, I ask myself, “Where has September gone?”  I did not take the time to enjoy the wonderful aspects of the last days of summer and first days of autumn about which this poem speaks.  I missed that time to enjoy God’s creation and got caught up in schoolwork and in looking forward to the months ahead.  So this month, I’m going to try to slow down, take the time to enjoy God’s creation and spend more time with God Himself.  I love nature, and I need to remember that being in high school isn’t all about school: I need to enjoy the things I love, too.

So I want to start posting a poem every Friday (at least).  This will hopefully keep me writing (and reading) poetry throughout the school year, which will in turn—hopefully—keep my creativity from being lost amongst my schoolwork.

I encourage you to slow down and take time to enjoy the beautiful creation God has given us, and to thank Him for your blessings—even your trials.  Remember, trials grow our faith, and they are just as much of a blessing as the pleasant things.

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