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Autumnal Mums

October 12, 2022

Chrysanthemums of September

poem by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

On a warm first of September,

with Willow’s harness in my left hand,

I carefully carried home  in my other arm

the yellow chrysanthemums,

one at a time.

Each bud was as tight as a baby’s fist—

waiting to open to the new world.

I never felt such tight buds,

but the plants had just arrived at Metro Market that morning.

My friendly florist took the right-off-the-semi mums

From the storage room to the front of the store for me.

I lifted each one and embraced the chrysanthemum

like an orphan

being taken to its forever home—

to Its forever garden.

At my townhome’s gardens,

I decided to split the sibling mums—

one joining the south-facing porch garden

and one adorning the north garden.

For days, the buds held tight,

but eventually began to relax in their new home.

After a six-inch rainfall

gave way to the next morning’s sunshine,

the chrysanthemum plants happily blossomed

into the bright and cheery bridges between summer and autumn.

When the October cold snapped into the autumnal air,

I placed the two mum plants side by side, like twins,

onto the front porch aluminum bench.

Thus far, the beautiful blossoms survived two threats of frost.

So, still, Willow and I can pause beside the blossoms,

each time we pass by,

to caress the peppery-scented, cheerful flowers

that let me hold onto

precious yellow summer

one blessed day


* * *

Enjoy the gifts of these autumnal days!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow

October 12, 2022, Wednesday


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  1. Thank you aga

  2. mfanyo permalink

    Dear Alice, Your autumn poem is as lovely as the subject of your poem—the delightful yellow mums! Through the years, we have photographed Willow with these cheerful fall flowers. The photo that always brings a smile to my face is the one where the mums appear to be a golden crown on Willow’s head. Willow is so deserving of a crown! I hope you and your photogenic Leader Dog continue to enjoy all of your precious flowers for a few more weeks. Love, Mary

    Sent from my iPad


    • Mary–Yes, that “crown” photo of Willow is one of my favorites and
      reminds me of the floral crowns that Clinton High School Homecoming
      Queens used to wear around this same time of year, in Indiana.  These
      smaller mums also prompt my recalling the “football mums” which are much
      larger and used for homecoming corsages.  Well, at least, they were
      during our high school and college days.

      Thanks for your comment–Alice and Willow

  3. Susan McKendry permalink

    Alice, I did leave a reply to this post, but don’t see it here. The yellow mums are my favorite color. I well remember the photo of Willow wearing her yellow mum “crown.” Always enjoy reading about your gardens.

    • Hi, Sue–Thanks for trying twice to leave a message–the second time was
      the charm!  On this Saturday, October 15, I gave my final garden tour of
      the season via Facetime for my aunt who lives in Minnesota.  She could
      not believe how my geraniums and mums are still in bloom because
      Burnsville already had an inch of early snow.  My oddly-shaped front
      porch certainly protects my little garden from the frost.  We hope that
      all is well at your house and look forward to a call from you soon.

      Take care–Alice and Willow

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