October Fashion

16 Oct

Morning wears crisp cotton and smoky tulle

October Fashion

Morning wears crisp cotton and smoky tulle
woven through with gold light.

North Shore mountains are sensibly dressed
in darkest denim, their tops
hidden, cozy under unrolling
bolts of blue- and grey-tinged fleece.

The park has thrown on a shawl
of embroidered leaves
in tangerine, scarlet, yellow
wine, olive.

Even dwarf cedar has accessorized
her sensible green bouclé
with red leaf appliqués
of delicate Japanese maple.

© 2004 Capper’s Magazine. Also published by Prairie Messenger in 2006


This is a repost. I first posted “October Fashion”  here exactly five years ago today. I hope fall is treating you to her head-turning style wherever you are!

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday hosted today by the lovely Michelle Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty.


Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Nature, Poetry Friday, Re-post


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9 responses to “October Fashion

  1. jama

    October 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Love your poem, Violet. Third stanza is my favorite! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    October 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Isn’t this wonderful! Such ingenious imagery, Violet. I’m partial to those “red leaf appliqués
    of delicate Japanese maple.”


  3. Carol Wilcox

    October 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Violet, your poem perfectly captures fall in Colorado. The highest peaks are that blue black purple of coming winter, and there’s already been snow in the mountains. And yet here in Denver, the world is orange, red, yellow glorious. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece.


    • Violet Nesdoly

      October 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Carol! Yes, those mountains add an extra layer of beauty, don’t they? I love all the contrasts.


  4. maryleehahn

    October 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Love that last stanza! (and all the rest, but the last stanza the most!!)


  5. margaretsmn

    October 19, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I love the use of clothing metaphor to bring a clear image of fall. Thanks for reposting this lovely poem.


  6. Bridget Magee

    October 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    You are a trendsetter for the season, Violet! Truly fashion forward from the past. =)


  7. haitiruth

    October 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I love this!


  8. Laurel Schenstead-Smith

    January 2, 2015 at 8:46 pm




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