Season of Choice

‘No blue without yellow and without orange, and if you do blue, then do yellow and orange as well, surely’ – Vincent van Gogh

Spring is always fresh and new
with gentleness of pastel hues
so delicate, tender, newly born
on a gentle, breezy, sunny morn.

But autumn still retains the blue
of summer skies, the yellow glow
and orange of sun in leaves. 
Better still the stains of berries

red and purple, damsons, sloes;
I’m happier when summer goes
and autumn, free from morning mist,
reveals the colours summer kissed.

Kim M. Russell, 30th August 2022
The Mulberry Tree in Autumn by Vincent van Gogh, 1889

For this Tuesday’s Poetics our guest host, Christopher, overwhelms us with choices. He says that ‘choice’ is a favoured theme among poets and has given us some choice examples of poems about making difficult choices, the wrong choices, and choices and consequences, all to help us make our own choices and craft poems to do with the concept of choice, in any style, form, meter, syntax, rhyme scheme, line length, or formatting.


30 thoughts on “Season of Choice

  1. I agree with you: “I’m happier when summer goes,” and yes, what we get from the seasons is a little from the previous season. Two autumns for one summer seems like a great exchange for me, but we know there is Order in Nature. Loved your poem. Thanks for sharing. blessings.

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  2. I like those while living in New Hampshire for three years. Here in the Texas Southeast, along the Gulf of Mexico we don’t have those. I wasn’t familiar with this tree of van Gogh’s. I do have pictures that I took of his orchard in St. Remy where he admitted himself after cutting off his ear. Search for his name on my blog and you can see it and compare with his painted picture.

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  3. Beautiful. I love Van Gogh and his quote is married perfectly to your poem.
    I especially like the ending,
    “I’m happier when summer goes
    and autumn, free from morning mist,
    reveals the colours summer kissed.”

    Although I prefer summer I do adore the colors of Autumn.

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