October

By Bobbi Katz b. 1933 Bobbi Katz
October is
when night guzzles up
the orange sherbet sunset
and sends the day
to bed
before supper
            and
October is when jack-o’-lanterns
grin in the darkness
            and
            strange company crunches
across the rumple of dry leaves
to ring a doorbell.
October is
when you can be ghost,
            a witch,
                        a creature from outer space…
almost anything!
And the neighbors, fearing tricks,
            give you treats.


Bobbi Katz, "October" from Once Around the Sun. Copyright © 2006 by Bobbi Katz. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Source: Once Around the Sun (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)

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Poet Bobbi Katz b. 1933

Subjects Nature, Fall

Holidays Halloween

Biography

Bobbi Katz once told Contemporary Authors: "I write for children because I hope to join those writers and artists who delight, sensitize, and give hope to children." A former editor at Random House, Katz has had success publishing her own rhyming picture books for elementary school students. These range from the sublime, such as American History Poems and We, the People, to the outright ridiculous, such as A Rumpus of Rhymes: A . . .

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