Dear October

Dear October,

Welcome to 2017.

Don’t worry, you’re not all that late -

there are still a couple more coming after you.

Have a seat, we’re just settling in

to coffee and cake.

The year is young yet. She is just now

coming into her prime, into her fullness

of beauty and wisdom.

Adorn her with your golden light,

your gusty breeze, your clear bright

starlit nights. Do your duty as we

toast your arrival with gourds

and cinnamon, wheat and laughter.

Change the dew to frost, and

show us the sunrise in hues of red.

Inspire the forest to shed,

the squirrels to hoard, and the

people to read by the light of a lantern.

Your crown is set, your table ready.

Let the feast begin.