October is marigold

October is marigold, and yet
A glass half full of wine left out

To the dark heaven all night, by dawn
Has dreamed a premonition

Of ice across its eye as if
The ice-age had begun its heave.

The lawn overtrodden and strewn
From the night before, and the whistling green

Shrubbery are doomed. Ice
Has got its spearhead into place.

First a skin, delicately here
Restraining a ripple from the air;

Soon plate and rivet on pond and brook;
Then tons of chain and massive lock

To hold rivers. Then, sound by sight
Will Mammoth and Sabre-tooth celebrate

Reunion while a fist of cold
Squeezes the fire at the core of the world,

Squeezes the fire at the core of the heart,
And now it is about to start.

– Ted Hughes, October Dawn

One of my favourite poems ever to accompany the leaves, fruit and berries I collected within a 10 minute walk of home. I particularly love the orange and pink spindle berries (Euonymus europaeus), the tree’s wood being used for spindles in looms, for skewers and for knitting needles.

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4 thoughts on “October is marigold

  1. Beautiful poem, wonderful collage. It’s exactly what I’ve been thinking of doing…now you must print it, cut it up, and sew with it!

  2. Oh, yes… do something with this wonderful picture… I love the mix of fruits, berries, flowers and foliage. Stunning!

  3. Hi Judith, what a great idea. I can’t get over how lovely all these things look like together, it is something that I have never done, but will certainly do now, I shall make a start going around my garden today!

  4. Thanks all-the collage idea was an attempt to “do an Allie” with seasonal flowers etc. and make a collage. I went shopping yesterday morning and saw the purple leaves on trees in the car park, and that was the spark for the rest of it. I might just try printing it and dyeing some silk to tone. Watch this and the other space.

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