Autumn in Vermont

October’s full moon
shines kindly in darkest skies,
unobliterated by city’s glare.
Gleams its bright spotlight
upon Vermont mountains,
hills and forest trails.
Trees stand tall in fall crisp air,
raucous cacophony of colors
punctuate serene picturesque scenes.
Leaves’ iridescent glorious hues,
crimsons, burnt orange
golden yellows, wine-reds too.
They flaunt their beauty
beneath your steady gaze,
defying winter’s wish
to cause their demise.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Sarah asks us to consider various names for an October full moon that she provides in a list. She explains that different areas of the US and indeed, different cultures, have different names for the full moon. I’ve chosen the name, Kindly Moon from the list.

Image of Vermont fall from Apologies: could not find photo of a full moon shining on a glorious fall Vermont scene. But you can definitely get the idea from this photo.

18 thoughts on “Autumn in Vermont

  1. forestbather October 18, 2022 / 3:41 pm

    Words fitting like a glove in the crispy autumn air, but you gave yourself an advantage with the location….Vermont lived up to its reputation in your verse, and was beautifully visual. Very nicely done..


  2. sanaarizvi October 18, 2022 / 3:44 pm

    This is breathtakingly beautiful, Lillian! 😍 Autumn is my favorite season. I especially love this image; “Trees stand tall in fall crisp air,raucous cacophony of colors punctuate serene, picturesque scenes.” 💘💘


  3. kim881 October 18, 2022 / 3:50 pm

    What a fantastic vista, Lill, especially the ‘raucous cacophony of colors’! I look forward to autumn tones throughout the year and am never disappointed.


  4. sarahsouthwest October 18, 2022 / 3:50 pm

    I’m glad to see a kindly moon here! I love your autumn colours here. So crisp and clear.


  5. Ron. October 18, 2022 / 3:51 pm

    Mind-blowingly good work, Lillian! Sadly, we passed peak this past weekend up here in the northeast corner, but some of the more southern parts of the state are still singing. Thanks for sharing your excellent work!


  6. Laura Bloomsbury October 18, 2022 / 4:28 pm

    Lovely Lilian – most memorable “shines kindly in darkest skies,” and all the time I hear Sinatra’s ‘moonlight in Vermont’


  7. Rob Kistner October 18, 2022 / 6:09 pm

    Beautiful colors, wonderful wording, captivating presentation of my favorite season Lil. Excellent write my friend. I was driving home this afternoon, and turning into our driveway I was taken by our Katsuras tree. It was a-burst in color — pale buttery yellow to deep rust red, with a bit of purple all mixed with the lingering green. I stopped and rolled down the window to breathe in the sugary, vanilla-like Autumn aroma, that floats in the air as their leaves change color — a favorite sensory experience of mine this season.


  8. Gillena Cox October 18, 2022 / 8:28 pm

    Nice one!!!



  9. merrildsmith October 19, 2022 / 7:56 am

    Beautiful words and photo

    “They flaunt their beauty
    beneath your steady gaze,
    defying winter’s wish”

    Describes so well this time of year!


  10. Truedessa October 19, 2022 / 10:53 am

    Vermont is spectacular in the fall. You have captured its allure!


  11. Helen October 19, 2022 / 10:57 am

    Didn’t need a photo to illustrate this lovely poem … my favorite time of the year in the Pacific Northwest.


  12. Jim October 19, 2022 / 12:41 pm

    I kind of had a shiver, then more thinking of Vermont. I lived in New Hampshire for three years, getting it to work, get the bugs out, and training the USAF Airmen to operate and maintain the spy satellite, ours, tracking radars station on top of a small “mountain”. I had a Vespa scooter leftover from El Paso and would ride it all over upper new England.
    One more thing, besides being outdone by Colorado, a preponderance of hippies had moved up there.


    • Jim October 19, 2022 / 12:42 pm

      “New”, not ‘new’. Sorry.


  13. rothpoetry October 19, 2022 / 10:52 pm

    Gorgeous, Lillian. The moon is never brighter than when it shines on the mountains… away from city lights!


  14. paeansunplugged October 20, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    What a beautiful, colourful picture you have painted, Lillian!


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