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It Was One of Those Fine October Days
Richard Greene


It was one of those fine October days

free from summerís heat and haze

but not yet gripped by autumn chill.

It was one of those fine October days

when the skyís so clear

you can see the moon

through the atmosphere

at midday.

It was one of those fine October days

when the trees sport yellow and red

instead of their everyday summer green.

It was one of those fine October days

when one draws a deep breath

and is grateful

to be resident on Earth.

©by Richard Greene.
Used with the author's permission.

Richard Greene began writing poetry in the 8th grade, inspired by the opening lines of Longfellow's “Evangeline”—“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / Bearded in moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight"—which he was required to read in class. In college, after a classmate deemed Richard’s rhyming poem “trite,” he stopped writing until, a couple of years later, a class with Henry Rago, subsequently editor of Poetry magazine, inspired him to resume his efforts. But poetry fell by the wayside for almost forty years as a busy career in international development consumed his life. As retirement approached, however, Richard’s dedication to poetry returned; he has since published three chapbooks: The Broken Guitar: Poems of War; Becoming Old: Poems of Aging; Painting with Words: Landscapes in Verse; and one full -length collection, To Talk of Many Things: Selected Poems. Richard, who lives in Nyack, New York, shares a "poem of the week" with anyone interested; get on his mailing list by requesting it at



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Yes, Yes, and Yes again, Richard. We are thankful as we observe Nature's subtle transitions.
Posted 10/03/2016 01:40 PM
A day like that today. Another grateful resident. Thank you Richard
Posted 10/03/2016 11:54 AM
Count me in too > as another grateful resident on Earth! Thanks, Richard.
Posted 10/03/2016 09:28 AM
Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.
Posted 10/03/2016 08:26 AM
Thank you Richard Greene. I am indeed grateful to be a resident on earth. Hoping to enjoy many wonderful October days. So nicely expressed!
Posted 10/03/2016 04:01 AM

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