October in Stilettos

You find me
under the spell of spring
blooming jacarandas excite the sunbird

In a trance;
a pose in stilettos ready for a dance
you find me

Where colour
of sky stays blue and grapes mellow
all year round

A promise
of summer evenings; air heavy with jasmine
you find me

Process Note: October is my birth month, which means I celebrate it in both autumn and spring depending on where the day finds me. Though autumn crunchy and cozy with candle lights, and sizzling romance in the North, I chose to relive memories of a romance in spring.

If you are a lover of Autumn (or even if, like me you have a love-hate relationship with autumn) please visit Prompt Nights, β€œCrunching, Crinkling Autumn swirling in the Breeze” images and words by poets praising the season, will tantalise and pleasure all your senses.

A side note: In celebration of my birthday, I’m treating myself to a number of books by authors I’ve been meaning to read for some time: a collection of South African short stories, a fantasy novel, and of course, always poetry. And now the question is, what other ways do you use to support or help promote a friend/fellow writer’s book, besides a review? I ask this because we tend to be biased when reviewing a book by a writer we know.

30 Comments

  1. Happy birthday my dear friend. May God les you in all ways possible. Enjoy the month of October to the hilt. πŸ™‚

    Now, please be frank with me when reviewing my Haiku Rhapsodies. No sweet words. Tell it as it is. πŸ™‚

    But wiht others I guess you have to be as tactful as possible while still maintaining fairness in the review. Not easy, I know. πŸ™‚

  2. I love this. I love the duality, and the willingness to be happy and celebrate your birth month regardless of season. By the way, what day of October is your birthday? If you don’t mind.

    Reviewing books written by friends is a difficult task for me. I’m not biased when reviewing. If I like the story, I’m honest about it. If the story is wonderful, but the writing could be better, I tend to share about the good, find the kindest way to speak about what could be improved. If the author is a friend, I email them private with what I think (only if we are close enough for me to know that they won’t get over-upset… it happened to me once and I learned my lesson).

    1. Thanks Maga! As a libran I’m always negotiating duality; a matter of negatives and positives in order to find middle ground. So, I’m pleased to hear that I succeeded with this poem. My birthday is on the very first day of the month. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your input on reviewing books by friends. Reviews are much needed, and who better to kick start the process of reviewing, if not those close to the writer. I’ve been honest too with my reviews, but I recently read somewhere about the largest book retailer’s purging tendencies, if they suspect any connections between writer and reviewer. Oh well, I’ll keep looking for other ways to support.

  3. This is lovely, I love the picture you painted with your words. New adjectives are difficult to find,,,I enjoyed this very much. I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed your birthday, may your personal new year be a special one.

  4. Gorgeous, glorious color! You are a talented poet πŸ™‚ As a side note, October is my half-birthday (are you picturing a Mad Hare?) My birthday is April 2nd. Have a glorious day.

  5. Autumn beauty always belies its sadness whereas your favorite Spring excites people with hope which is understandable if you are Finnish where nature has to rush through her tasks before Autumn is quickly upon you once again. You poem was a delightful read.

    1. You’ve put it well; the different emotions these two seasons evoke. Even after these years living in Finland, I still haven’t reconciled with the fact that October is in autumn. Thank you for reading, always. ?

  6. May you dance well and happy in your birth month – best wishes to you and a wonderful turn of words.. I hope you enjoy your new books.. A perfect gift.. Perhaps you could link books you like to your website to help promote them for your friends?

  7. Whistles!!❀️❀️My goodness πŸ˜€ this is such an enchanting poem, Khaya. I love how you engage the reader in the various tones and shades of Autumn, especially “Where colour
    of sky stays blue and grapes mellow all year round” and oh “summer evenings; air heavy with jasmine” Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❀️❀️

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

    PS: Wishing you a very happy birthday ? have a great one ❀️

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