Poetry Friday: “September Song”

This post was originally published 5 years ago on October 22, 2015, and although I’m about a month behind, I wanted to share it again because the poem, a triolet, is one of my favorites. The photo is a favorite, too – it was taken by my friend Aubrey, just up the road from our house. Yes, New Hampshire really IS as beautiful as you’ve heard!


photo courtesy Aubrey Mueller, 2019


September Song

The autumn wind is growing colder.
As the hills are set ablaze,
a shiver stirs my neck and shoulder –
the autumn wind is growing colder.
These woods and I, just one month older,
yearn for summer’s sun-drenched days.
The autumn wind is growing colder
as the hills are set ablaze.

– © 2015 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

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42 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “September Song”

  1. “triolet”–thanks to you, that’s an intriguingly new poem form to play with–or as I’m watching the Jets, to “tackle.” Thanks for introducing…I like your camaraderie/identification with the woods, both being one month older. God bless you.


      1. Thanks for the condolences, though I wish I were offering them to you! …I definitely will put a “triolet” into my poetry playbook–perhaps as an option:) God bless you! THANKS!


  2. Laura Shovan

    Triolet is one of my favorite forms. I love the way that it makes a box — a little gift — out of the poem. My favorite line is: “These woods and I, just one month older,”


  3. lindabaie

    Yep, that picture is very scary, Matt. Happy Halloween, whatever you & the kids cook up together. And I’m sure you will do something fun! I’m glad you shared this again. This triolet is lovely, so nostalgic for beautiful autumn! I love “These woods and I, just one month older,” – just perfect.


  4. Thank you so much, Linda! We’re planning a little party for the 2 kids here at the house, in lieu of trick-or-treating, with a scavenger hunt, bobbing for apples, and that sort of thing. They’re looking forward to it…although my wife isn’t a big fan of the mullet. 😀


  5. I love triolets! They sound so neat and tidy when read aloud. I’ve also had fun trying to write them, but as you have pointed out, that is not always easy.
    The picture complements the poem so well –
    The autumn wind is growing colder
    as the hills are set ablaze.

    Stay safe!


  6. authoryvonafast

    Beautiful triolet poem, thank you! Makes me feel the autumn chill. Today the high here will only be 33 and most of our leaves are off the trees…


  7. Lovely, Matt – I enjoy reading and writing triolets as well. Smiled at the notion of you/the narrator and the woods (and all of us) being a “month older” – and now, of course, years older… time flies through all the seasons!
    Happy Halloweening!

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