greentapestry : GBMD November -''Gathering Leaves"

Sunday, 1 November 2009

GBMD November -''Gathering Leaves"

Artist- Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Oh nnnnnnnno it's Nnnnnnnnovember - the one month of the year that I struggle to find anything positive to say about ! This poem though never fails to make me smile as I think of leaf collecting with spoons. The rain has stopped and I am off to try. Could be a new technique to get on top of the ever gathering mounds.

'Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop? "

~ "Gathering Leaves" - Robert Frost.

You can enjoy more thoughts, poems and musing at Garden Bloggers Muse Day hosted by Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.


  1. Great poem for Nov--it does get dreary a little later in the month, here. Right now there is still color--I just took my leaf/tree photos on Oct. 30th as I walked around my neighborhood. It's raining today though, so I'm glad I caught the last good color while I could. Happy Muse Day;-)

  2. Hi Anna, I agree November is yucky--I always wished my birthday wasn't int his month. On the positive side, the annual master gardener potluck is in November and that's a thing I look forward to! Love the fairy drawing, too.

  3. The one good thing to say about November is that it isn't February - the worst month of the year as far as I'm concerned

  4. November has certainly made its presence felt here in Malvern. Wind and rain - everything looking damp and forlorn

  5. Great poem.

    Those leaves do get a little weighty eventually.

    I've just got back from a short break near Marseille. People were still on the beach down there, didn't feel like November at all.

  6. I've always had a feeling of new beginning at this time of year - kind of exhilaration and looking forward as well as looking back at good memories. I've just learned that this is the time of the Celtic New Year. Pondering this over the next few days.

  7. Enjoyed this clever poem, Anna, but most of all, I love the illustration! I like to rake up enough leaves to use for compost, but I've found the best way to get rid of the rest is just to wait for the wind to blow them into the neighbor's yard:) Happy Muse Day!

  8. Hi Anna. I really enjoyed the poem. Himself cut the grass on Saturday - as it's the best way to clear the leaves off our large lawn, but yesterday's gales covered everywhere again! Please can I borrow your fairies for a few days to sort out the mess?!

    November I can cope with, February I detest .... you can see why they made it the shortest month :)

  9. Great post for Muse Day, Anna ... I've never heard that Frost poem before.

  10. Hi Anna, Isn't it fun to see what people pick for each month? I really like your choice... and it makes me grin, too. I must use something much larger than a spoon to move my leaves! ha. I'm not always keen on the weather in November, but last year's was wonderful and I'm looking forward to some good weather, yet. And some wonderful times with family and friends. :-) Have a great month. Let's visit more often! (my responsibility!)

  11. How fun - apple and quince day! I love quince and have a tree in my garden in dry South Dakota. I just did a post on quince. Many here have never tasted or seen a quince- Enjoyed your blog - Gloria


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