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Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar


October


OCTOBER is the treasurer of the year,
    And all the months pay bounty to her store: 
The fields and orchards still their tribute bear,
    And fill her brimming coffers more and more. 
But she, with youthful lavishness,
Spends all her wealth in gaudy dress,
    And decks herself in garments bold 
    Of scarlet, purple, red, and gold.

She heedeth not how swift the hours fly,
    But smiles and sings her happy life along; 
She only sees above a shining sky;
    She only hears the breezes' voice in song. 
Her garments trail the woodland through,
And gather pearls of early dew
    That sparkle till the roguish Sun 
    Creeps up and steals them every one.

But what cares she that jewels should be lost,
    When all of Nature's bounteous wealth is hers? 
Though princely fortunes may have been their cost,
    Not one regret her calm demeanor stirs. 
Whole-hearted, happy, careless, free,
She lives her life out joyously,
    Nor cares when Frost stalks o'er her way 
    And turns her auburn locks to gray.



Paul Laurence Dunbar


Paul Laurence Dunbar's other poems:
  1. Frederick Douglass
  2. Not They Who Soar
  3. Ere Sleep Comes down to Soothe the Weary Eyes
  4. The Old Apple-Tree
  5. An Ante-Bellum Sermon


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Edward Thomas October ("The green elm with the one great bough of gold")
  • Dinah Craik October ("IT is no joy to me to sit")
  • William Bryant October ("Ay, thou art welcome, heavens delicious breath!")
  • Rose Cooke October ("There comes a time of rest to thee")
  • Paul Hayne October ("THE passionate Summer's dead! the sky's a-glow")
  • John Payne October ("OCTOBER, May of the descending days")
  • Hilaire Belloc October ("Look, how those steep woods on the mountains face")
  • Ellis Butler October ("The forest holds high carnival to-day")
  • Ella Wilcox October ("Gone are the Spring and Summer from the year")
  • Elinor Wylie October ("Beauty has a tarnished dress")
  • Robert Frost October ("O hushed October morning mild")
  • Ina Coolbrith October ("THE summer-rose is dead")
  • Edgar Guest October ("Days are gettin' shorter an' the air a keener snap")

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