Poetry Friday: September by Helen Hunt Jackson

September by Helen Hunt Jackson 1830-1885


The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.


By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.

But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.

‘Tis a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget.

I am beyond fond of September–and October and November. Several special days and celebrations in September make it a significant month for our family: three birthdays, Hobbit Day, the beginning of autumn, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and National Punctuation Day. I do hope you’ve had a lovely September, with a day or a few days that you can never forget because you’ve made such thrilling memories with the ones you love.

Our hostess for today’s Poetry Friday Roundup is Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids.

5 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: September by Helen Hunt Jackson

  1. Lovely poem! I’m sad September went by so fast — these are my favorite months too. Happy Autumn, Sherry!

  2. I absolutely love the poem! So sweet!

  3. Love the descriptions, but feeling a little cheated by the ending! All of that loveliness…and NONE of it counts?!?!

  4. Oh September days are waning, but October is on its way! Thanks for this autumn-esque (that’s a word, right?) poem. =)

  5. Patricia Fernald

    what was the “thing” in september that made that day so special for helen hunt jackson? I cannot find reference to it.

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