Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OCTOBER FROM A BUS WINDOW, by ELLA MCBRIDE BALLEW



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OCTOBER FROM A BUS WINDOW, by            
First Line: I see flamboyant sumac on a hill
Last Line: And dusk drops quickly over all.


I see flamboyant sumac on a hill,
And ivy with its fingers all blood-stained;
A maple wearing kingly orpiment,
A struggling brooklet almost drained.

I glimpse "the cattle on a thousand hills,"
And little creatures hard at work or play;
I smell the winey breath of bursting grapes,
The gleanings of sweet-clover hay.

Just for an instant I can hear the scold
Of blackbirds, or a cardinal's fluty call;
But suddenly I spy a pin-point star,
And dusk drops quickly over all.





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