Poetry Friday: October’s Party

I posted this a couple of years ago, and then didn’t post it last year because it seemed like it was everywhere. But I love it: it is one of my all-time favorite poems.


October’s Party
by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”

Poetry Friday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers today.

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11 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: October’s Party

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  2. That’s so darling! I’ve been watching for colored leaves in northern Illinois. Not too many yet, and I’m not looking forward to months of cold and bare trees, but I know I’ll enjoy them while they last!

  3. I, too, memorized and recited this poem in elementary school– only about 50 years ago! But it is one of my favorite “oldies” which I enjoy dusting off every fall. Now that I’m into scrapbooking, I am planning one for all of my favorite poems. I’m really looking forward to getting started. I was an English teacher for about 30 years, so now when I read it, I can see the abundant visual/color imagery. But I think I’ll reserve this poem just for the memories and pleasure it brings me every fall.

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  5. Thanks so very much for posting “October’s Party”, I believe I learned the first verse in Kindergarten at Jefferson School in Gary, Indiana. My problem was that I couldn’t recall the two lines, “The Sunshine spread a carpet—And everything was grand” so you have really made my day~ God bless you for filling in the blanks for me. Peter Groza, Los Gatos, California

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  7. I remember my mom reciting this poem to me, in the fall, when I was a little girl, as we were ironing leaves between two pieces of waxed paper. It brought back wonderful memories, thank you 🙂

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