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October's Kiss

For Chloe Rose Violet's October Challenge

By Dana CrandellPublished 3 months ago • Updated 3 months ago • 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
October's Kiss
Photo by Joey Genovese on Unsplash

Gone is the stifling embrace of the summer,

Slowly released as the September trees

Blushed with new brilliance, then duly surrendered

Their leaves to be scattered ahead of the breeze.


Soon, the delay of the daybreak will lengthen.

Sunset will rush to extinguish the light.

As the days shorten, the chill will grow bitter

And from the bare fields, the geese will take flight.


The solstice approaches. The land will soon slumber,

Wrapped in its blanket of sparkling white,

Restoring itself, while the creatures take shelter,

To emerge when the warmth returns to the light.


Yes, Winter comes soon and the time of preparing

Is nigh, but today I will revel in this,

A walk, arm in arm, the sound of your laughter

And the blush of your cheek from October's kiss.


A/N: This was created in response to Chloe's fun October challenge, using prompt #1: "A poem about the month of October." I think I'll be following a few more of these cool prompts. Thanks, Chloe!

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About the Creator

Dana Crandell

Dad, Stedpad, Grandpa, Husband, lover of Nature and dogs.

Poet, Writer, Editor, Photographer, Artist and Tech/Internet nerd. Content writer by trade. Vocal Creator by choice.

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  • Zara Blumeabout a month ago

    Congratulations! Lovely take on the prompt, and exactly why October is my favorite month. This exemplifies why I love poetry, and you have a new subscriber. 🤍

  • Meagan Dion2 months ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on Top Story!

  • Samir Ali2 months ago

    Thank you .your story is great .i also write a short horror story . if anyone like you can check my profile

  • Its Forspiya2 months ago

    check this https://vocal.media/poets/fictional-poetry

  • ARC2 months ago

    Wow this was good, Dana. Fall has always been my favorite season. You encapsulate its magic and beauty outstandingly with this piece. Amazing work 🍂 🍁 🎃

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Hey Dana, actually brought here via Pernoste’s & Anneliese’s piece. Such a great poem. Well done! I also really enjoyed hearing their reading of it too! Congrats on top story!! ☺️🎉🎉

  • Tressa Rose2 months ago

    This was really great!

  • PK Colleran2 months ago

    Lovely! 🍁🍂🌾

  • Wow...striking, beautiful, haunting even...you nailed it!

  • This is beautiful and wonderful writing

  • Joelle E🌙2 months ago

    This was absolutely stunning! Feel like i’m reading Thoreau (or somebody like that🧐😂)… maybe Walt Whitman? Amazing work 👏🏼👏🏼

  • Victoria Mewanu2 months ago

    Seeing it from your lens, it's serene, natural and engulfing.

  • C. Rommial Butler2 months ago

    Lovely piece!

  • Teresa Renton2 months ago

    Wonderful autumn journey ❤️ Congratulations for TS 🤗

  • Mohammed Darasi2 months ago

    That's a great poem Dana. Feels like the poem is slowly ushering us into autumn :)

  • Bugsy Watts3 months ago

    this is so well written. The words float down like leaves drifting on an autumn breeze.

  • Brenton F3 months ago

    A definite sense of a waning vibrancy. I can almost feel your cold creeping in. Very well done and congrats!

  • This is a WELL DESERVED Top Story! Job well done Dana! 👏 ❤️

  • C. H. Richard3 months ago

    Beautiful! I love October ❤️ 🍁👏🌻❤️

  • Poppy3 months ago

    This is just gorgeous, start to finish. Congrats on top story

  • Mackenzie Davis3 months ago

    Oh you capture the atmosphere of fall so brilliantly, and so sweetly too. Wonderful rhyming. I love the way the last stanza reads. "Yes, Winter comes soon and the time of preparing Is nigh, but today I will revel in this, A walk, arm in arm, the sound of your laughter And the blush of your cheek from October's kiss."

  • Alexander McEvoy3 months ago

    🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 Top story!

  • Mother Combs3 months ago

    This is beautiful. Wonderfully written

  • Nice poem. You capture the essence of October brilliantly.

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