Thursday, September 01, 2011


"The breezes taste,
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive
Well-honeyed hums,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
                                   ~ John Updike, September

I've never read this poem until today. I think it sums September up quite nicely, don't you? I'm off to school this morning to finish getting the classroom ready, and after that I intend to enjoy every last second of the long weekend. Tuesday will be here soon, and September will be in full swing. I'm not sure I'm ready. But I am looking forward to it.

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  1. What a lovely poem!!

    Happy 1st of September!

    x Jasmine

  2. I like that poem, especially the smells he describes. Thanks for sharing and I hope September goes well for you Erin!

  3. Oh my goodness back to school already? This poem sounds perfect for your September, so happy to be slowly moving into Spring. Its so nice to leave work and the sun still be out.

  4. Happy September! I have never heard that poem before either but it is a lovely one. I can't believe I am three posts behind on your blog this week but intend to catch up now and then hope to actually catch you later after your trip into school dear!
    Happy September!

  5. I'd never heard that poem either. So cute and apropos, especially for the likes of us schoolteachers!

  6. I love September! It's my birthday month, the start of school (the return of structure to my highly unstructured summer life), the beginning of fall and all the beautiful things that come with fall, the cooling of super-hot temperatures, the occasional fall thunderstorm, blankets, tea, movies, books, journals, leaves, life. I don't know why, but fall just makes me happy, and this poem did, too. Happy September! :)

  7. Oh, I love that poem! It really pulls in all the exciting senses of September. How lovely! :)

    I only wish my school were as cute as the one in that picture. Ah! A girl can dream. :)

  8. what a sweet poem! it reminds me of CA novembers, when things start cooling off and leaves start changing colors. one of my favorite memories from last fall was sipping mulled cider in front of our fire pit. i can't wait to do that again!

  9. aw i love this!! agreed i think it sums it up perfectly. <3

  10. Love the photo. Love the poem. Love September. And love you!

  11. Wow everyone is loving September!

    Poem brought a bit if a tear to my eyes and not sure why. Must have stirred some pleasant memories.

    Enjoy Autumn

  12. It's a lovely poem. It's funny because September is so different here. It's the beginning of spring!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway :) x

  13. lovely photo + poem. where was the picture taken? its simply gorgeous.

  14. I've never read this poem before, What a lovely September poem:)


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