Mr. October

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads, “October In The Chair”  (posted by Magaly)
For this Weekend Mini-Challenge, I invite you to turn October into a poem. Is your October a girl? Does he smile like a boy? Is October a feeling that kisses the back of your neck… and reminds you of your dead? What does October look like to you? Show me in poetry.  

October in the Chair
[November] was pale and thin lipped. He helped October out of the wooden chair. “I like your stories. Mine are always too dark.”

“I don’t think so,” said October. “It’s just that your nights are longer and you aren’t as warm.”

From“October in the Chair,” in Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman

An orange wizard waves
his wind, channels it
to change colors
until perfect harmony
is achieved. Then,
he stands back and laughs,
and his roar strips colors
to bone white. Enter the
gray gnome of November.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Mr. October

  1. I just knew October was full of magic. He has a wand and everything, how fun… and chilling, with bone. 🙂

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  2. A magician – yes that’s how it is. Preparing for that gnome.


  3. Jim says:

    The sorcerer here, October stands tall until here famous last day. First mine (BDay) then Halloween, how could she ever fail? She may not want to leave when she is wanded ‘done’.
    I enjoyed this one!! Thank you, Sarah.

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Deliciously dark and enticing! 💜

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  5. wizards and gnomes…. love it!


  6. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh, I love that grey gnome of November!


  7. October does seem to put me under its spell…even here in Houston where the air conditioner brings the only chill to the month.

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