O golden month! How high thy gold is heaped!
The yellow birch-leaves shine like bright coins strung
On wands; the chestnut's yellow pennons tongue
To every wind its harvest challenge. Steeped
In yellow, still lie fields where wheat was reaped;
And yellow still the corn sheaves, stacked among
The yellow gourds, which from the earth have wrung
Her utmost gold. To highest boughs have leaped
The purple grape,—last thing to ripen, late
By very reason of its precious cost.
O Heart, remember, vintages are lost
If grapes do not for freezing night-dews wait.
Think, while thou sunnest thyself in Joy's estate,
Mayhap thou canst not ripen without frost!
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
"September" first appeared in A Calendar of Sonnets (Roberts Brothers, 1886).
Helen Hunt Jackson
Helen Hunt Jackson was born in Amherst, Massachussetts, in 1830.
Date Published: 1886-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/september-1