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A poem for every day in October

Updated on March 27, 2015

Autumn colours come with October and my poems continue

It's definitely colder now and more time will be spent indoors. So there will be plenty of time to sit and think and write my poems. Each time of the year has its different events to celebrate. We have harvest thanksgiving in Britain, so I will include a harvest poem which will perhaps resonate with those of you in America looking forward to your time of thanksgiving, a little later.

Peeping through

Peeping through
Peeping through

The scene beyond

October 1st

Peeping through the greenery

I see the scene beyond

Where the fields have yielded

Their last late bounty of hay.

All is yet green

And has not yet given way

To brown and ochre tints.

When blessed with sun October days

Are pleasant enough.

Great love found alone

October 2nd

A love as great

I've never known,

As that I know

Now I'm alone.

What I sought before

Was always missing.

No man could give

What I was wishing.

But now alone

I find my Lord

The heavenly husband

Who requires

My undivided attention.

Now I am undistracted

By the needs of a husband,

I can give my love

To my Lord.

And find myself in his presence,

When before I had not the time to look.

Little Miss

Sweet seventeen

October 3rd

Little Miss sweetheart

In a pretty hat.

Not knowing what life will bring.

Smiling sweetly for the camera

And the man behind the camera.

Together they will share much of life.

Meet with divorce

And refind friendship.

Little Miss sweetheart,

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The walk

October 4th

How pleasant 'tis to

Walk and talk

Along the merry lane.

To amble freely,

Tread the path

Where many folk

Have roamed before.

To view the scene

All bright and green

With leaves to yellow turning.

To chat with friend

And know no end

To friendship's

Special yearning.

Slumber approaches

October 5th

Trees arching into the distance

Leafy canopy.

Joyously walking on the damp

Muddy path.

In company or

In blissful solitude.

Peace reigns

While the gentle rain falls.

The forest is moving

Towards its winter slumber

With none of the urgency of Spring.

The pool

October 6th

Iridescent waters,

Golden fish below,Rising to take a fly.

Light glints on scales.

Muscley bodies

Flick and chase

Through the green pool.

Sultry summer air

Brings the insects down.

So the swallows

Reflect in the water,

As they dive for their prey.

But now 'tis Autumn.

The swallows are flown away

On their epic journey

To the sun.

The fish grow languid,

The pool is still.

Earth prepares to sleep.


October 7th

How long does the stately oak live?

One hundred years and more.

This one saw my Grandad

As a boy

And now it watches over me.

There is a plan to cut it down.

It's in the way of a new road.

Is this the way to treat an old friend

Of the family?

I shall camp in its branches

And refuse to come down.

I'll protect this companion

This bosom friend,

With the last breath in my body.

Reprieve came and the next night

There was a storm

Of mammoth proportions.

My old friend fell.

Staying in bed

October 8th

Why is lying in bed

Such a treat?

When the day stretches out

With infinite possibilities?

Is it the very nature of its unknown qualities

That keeps us safe under the duvet?

Sooner or later we have to face the day.

Better to face it sooner

And take it by the scruff

And shake it into shape.

Better than half-heartedly let it

Take you by the scruff

And limply succomb to it.

How to meet the day

October 9th

Rise up early

With a sense of purpose.

Prepare for the day

Quickly and with precision.

Then ride off briskly

To meet what must be met.

Draw from the day

Its rich juices,

To delight your palate

And feed your hunger.


October 10th

I do not like

The amplified noise

Of guitars and drums

And keyboard

With raucous and shouting voice.

They call it worship

'Tis not so for me.

I can worship best

In the silence,

That is when I hear His voice.

I will not force

My silence on others,

Just as I will not

Deny them their noise.

But please allow me to be your sister

And yet allow me

To sit at a distance,

In quiet contemplation,

While you enjoy

Your exuberant noise.

Allow also that my silence

Has depth and exuberance too.

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The harvest table in a little village

Harvest Thanksgiving

October 11th

I come in

There is the smell of apples and flowers.

I remember years gone by

When the whole chapel was full of produce

Brought to praise the Lord

And to give to the poor.

Now we are the poor

And the rich outside are made poor by their riches.

They think they have everything they need

But the one they need they have not.

They do not know what is missing

They do not know where to look.

We know but we have forgotten how to go out to them

With this precious seed.

Awaken us Lord and send us out with the message of your love.

The bucket list

October 12th

What I want before I die,

Said the young man from England,

Is to drive a Ferrari.

What I want before I die,

Said the little child from India,

Is a bucket a day

Of clean water.

What I want before I die,

Said the young girl from America

Is to have dinner

With Robert Pattinson.

What I want, said the young girl from Africa

Is a bucket of clean water a day,

Before I die.

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October 13th

We work hard

To accomplish something great

The day arrives

Finally we have succeeded

Our goal is reached


Two days later

The taste in our mouth

Is not so sweet.

We start to aim

For the next milestone

Only to find

That it too Is not as wonderful

As we had anticipated

It would be.

Strange, this striving

Never to be satisfied.

What will fulfil us?

Where is our soul's true goal?

We have a God-shaped hole

In our lives.

We are restless

Till we find our rest

In Him.


October 14th

Across windswept steppe

In Russia's land,

Travelled the intrepid pair.

Fulfilling youthful dreams

In middle age.

Through Mongolia

and into America

To view the splendour

Of the Grand Canyon.

A three- month trip,

A once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

Great for my friends,

But I will be content

With Albion's milder glories

And stay at home

Whilst enjoying their experience

Second hand.

Bare tree

October 15th

The little tree

Stood in the October sun,

Seeming to have more leaves

Than its brothers.

And then the birds flew away

Revealing it in winter garb.

Sore throat

October 16th

I sit and think

Of a poem to write,

But my throat is sore

And my chest is tight.

It's hard at a time like this

Don't you know

To find the words

And make them flow.

Keeping on

October 17th

I've come this far,

I wont be beat

I'll write a poem

Oh so neat.

Though I am sneezing

And gently wheezing,

I will keep up my challenge.

I'll write a poem

Every day

Although I'm ill along the way.

What a cry-baby

'Tis only a cold

Surely I can

Be quite bold

And write a poem every day

'Til next April comes my way.

Lemon and honey


Lemon and honey

To cheer up my cold.

A few more hours in bed

While I'm feeling old.

The days will pass

And I will be well

Will perk up and plod on

And more stories tell.

A cold

October 19th

How to write a poem,

When I'm full of gloom?

How to lift my spirits

When their full of doom.

'Tis only a little cold

Has done this.

Put me on the edge

Of an abyss.

Soon I will recover

And be full of bounce

My spirits will soar,

I'll be ready to pounce


October 20th

October sun shines through my window

Bouncing off the clouds.

Cheering me

While I still feel poorly.

How much difference

A little sunshine makes

The frost in your heart

October 21st

The frost nestles

On the roof opposite

As the Autumn sun

Seeks to melt it.

There is frost in your heart

Which I seek to melt

But the cause is helpless

You are adamantine.

There is frost on my own roof

Which I could melt from within

With the glow of my heart

But, no

It is you I want to melt

On another roof.

How perverse.

Turn of the seasons

October 22nd

Mist along the valley

Licking at the hills.

Sun above

Show God's love

Fill my mind with thrills.

The weather

Has turned very cold

We are in winter's grip.

Rain will come

We'll feel numb

As the water's drip.

But Spring will

Come again

You'll see

The seasons

They will turn

The sun grow stronger

By the day

The times for which we yearn.

A weekend by the sea

October 23rd

We traveled together,

My friends and I

And came upon the coast.

We had a light lunch

In a splendid hotel

But it wasn't a roast.

Twas a favourite haunt

Of theirs I found

As we talked and

Viewed the sea.

It wasn't where we were bound for

But that was o.k. with me.

Soon we moved on

To our destined abode.

A little in land you see.

There we met still more friends

And shared a chat

And also had some tea.

We were all from churches

Near my own.

We were meeting for fun and to learn.

To discuss war and peace,

Our money to share

And keep this world on the turn.

There was fun

There was food

And no one was rude

As we learned to recycle

And share, all in good mood.

Glad to come home

October 24th

It was a lovely weekend

With company congenial

But I love to get home

And do something menial.

No company's so good

As that I share with me.

We never fall out

Or disagree.

So time away is good

And pleasant and agreeable

But time with me

Is cosy and amenable.

So give me some time

With friends to chatter,

But let me come home

To peace from that clatter.

Home, sweet home

October 25th

So let's settle in

To my daily routine.

My poem comes first

And I tell where I've been.

Next comes some tidying,

Put the case away.

Then what will I do with

The rest of the day?

Well, although I love

My company so much

I'll get on the phone

And then go out to lunch.

But when I come in

I can study for preaching

Hoping my words

Will be far-reaching.

Hoping my words

Will help and heal,

Touching a life

That's forgotten how to feel.

I don't want to be empty

Or pompous or condemning,

But broadcast hope

And life and love.

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The singing night

October 26th

The night is singing

Softly to me,

But singing not of sleep.

My thoughts turn

To the departed one

And so I softly weep.

The night is singing to me

Of days that now are gone,

Of days when we were together.

It is a sweet, sweet song.

A splash of colour in winter

October 27th

A shocking pink begonia

Adorns the windowsill

And brings bright colour into gloom

And gives a happy thrill.

Such a small splash of colour

Can cheer me on my way

And help me forward

To a brighter day.

A wise head

October 28th

How good it is to chatter

With a friend who has just popped in.

She comes with lots of news

She blows away the blues.

Her little dog comes with her,

She always needs a drink.

I'm sure she gets plenty at home,

Well that is what I think.

We talk of difficult neighbours

And the problems that they cause

The little dog looks at its feet

Ending in little claws.

No matter what we say

Even of great import

That little dog just lies there

And utters to us naught.

For she has all she needs

And is perfectly calm,

Knowing all will be provided

From her mistress's palm.

So we may fret and fulminate

Across the room above her,

But she will be at ease,

Trusting in her "mother."


October 29th

Today a backache

Impedes my progress.

I had planned to do so much.

Life often turns out like that

Some purpose meant by this touch.

Plans often go awry

'Tis best to accept

And go with the flow.

Who knows what may come

Where it leads I'll go.


October 30th

Remembering the sea

And the warm sunshine

In winter is

A favourite pastime of mine

I hear the children

Shout as they run,

Enjoying the sand,

The sea and the sun.

Lying on the warm sand

In a happy haze.

Relaxing from work

In a Summer haze.

Looking back on things

Is a pleasure

Almost as good

As the moment's measure.

A time of change

October 31st

And so October

Comes to an end.

I hear the cars

Splashing over the

Rain-sodden roads.

The pretty leaves

Still cling to the cold trees.

But not for long.

Wind and rain

Will bring them down.

Now we walk

Into the wintry months,

Unsure of warmth

Until March arrives.

We will be much indoors

In the evenings,

Glad of pastimes

To help the hours along.

But it will be cosy.

Love to hear what you think of my poems

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    • colorfulone profile image

      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      I lovely page to read in the month of October, Pastor Liz.

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      6 years ago

      I like your's very interesting and fascinating to see with all the pictures in it...Just dropping by and hopefully you can visit my page too if you like! Have a great day!

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      6 years ago

      I like your's very interesting and fascinating to see with all the pictures in it...Just dropping by and hopefully you can visit my page too if you like! Have a great day!

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens - creatively and painstakingly written! One poem per day - you've done a lot of work!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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      John Tannahill 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I voted for Hardy. He wrote all those great novels then went one better. Thanks for the poems, they'll make better sense when October comes around.

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      6 years ago

      I like Shakespeare poems. thanks for the lens.

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      Cynthia Davis 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Lovely words, I'll be returning. Angel Blessings

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      6 years ago

      So lovely - thank you so very kindly for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      6 years ago

      Once again you have created a wonderful place of repose and get read for about anything and everything...even experiencing a cold with you....hard to have poetry flow when you throat is sore! I think is was most fascinated that your Worship includes silence with depth and well shared and delightfully blessed!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed reading your poems. I am fascinated by the travel one as Mongolia is one place I want to visit and you included a picture of the gher.

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      6 years ago

      Your poems are very nice!

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      8 years ago

      Liz, this is a wonderful achievement. Each of your poems is a twinkle of starlight in the vast universe of thoughts and feelings. I loved each one. Thank you!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Congratulations on completing another month. I admire your dedication and your talent!

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      8 years ago

      Very beautiful and an awesome idea for a lens. I love poems.

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      8 years ago

      I liked your poems and they would be marvellous if you put them all together also, making a poem for each stanza, all on the theme of October. But they are great on their own too.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful poetry , the simplicity of words and the underline thoughts.

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      8 years ago

      Very nice. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Love poems. I like your posted poem, "Irony" I love trees and hate to see the old timers go.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      Wow, impressive project for the month!

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      Jacqueline Marshall 

      8 years ago from Chicago area

      Awesome lens and I thoroughly enjoyed your poems. My favorite is "bare tree".

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      8 years ago

      Nice choice of poems, thank you!

    • Blurasis profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you for the poems!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a lovely idea sharing poems for each day! Thanks! : )

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! *Blessed

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      8 years ago

      Your poems are amazing. I loved "Irony" and so sad! But better God's will that the tree should fall than man's..! I truly enjoyed this lens.

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      Louis Wery 

      8 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Your poem "How to Meet the Day" gives such good advice. I like reading your poems such as "Irony" that express your day. I admire the way you are keeping a poem journal. Thank you for sharing your poems.

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      8 years ago

      I shall return for more lovely poems, an excellent idea.

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @howtocurecancer: Thank you for visiting.

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      8 years ago

      I loved your lens. I have an aunt who write poetry andshe is good.

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @annieangel1: Thanks Ann

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @LisaAuch1: Thanks Lisa

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      8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      love it Liz

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      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Always a pleasure reading you lens Liz


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