Prompt Nights – Crunching, Crinkling Autumn swirling in the Breeze – [30]






“The bright summer had passed away, and gorgeous autumn was flinging its rainbow-tints of beauty on hill and dale.” – Cornelia L. Tuthill

“It is a delightful pastime to sit in the pleasant sunshine of autumn, and gazing from this little spot of free earth over such a landscape, let the imagination luxuriate amid the thrilling associations of the scene!” – H.T. Tucker-man

“I cannot write of things which even impassioned breath cannot utter. Autumn is coming with its days of gold, its days of reverie and of you—oh, such delightful hours that my heart burns within me at the anticipation.” – Byron Caldwell Smith

“The hush comes with the deepening of Autumn; but it comes gradually. Our ears are attuned to it, day by quieter day. But even now, if one awakens in the deep darkness of the small hours, one can hear it, a foretaste of Winter silence. It’s a little painful now, and a little lonely because it is so strange.” – Hal Borland

“I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints.” – Henry David Thoreau

“After the first autumn rains, how inimitable the beauty of days—the fall colors, not yet faded, washed out, in the winter deluge, but dripping, glistening, every crystal drop refracting the hue it trickles over. Running, draining color, brighter before the soil takes back again the positive red and yellow and blue to weave into the misty textures of spring.” – Virginia Garland

Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting week at Prompt Nights. It’s often said that Autumn is something like a second Spring; where every leaf is a flower. I, personally adore this season as it manages to fire up my muse. Tonight, I want each and every one of you to pen down your deepest feelings and perhaps share some fond memories related to this season. Please select one out of these five gorgeous pictures and write a poem (or fiction of you like.) These pictures have been taken from which is free for commercial use. You can also opt to use your own pictures. For further inspiration please refer to the three amazing poems below:

To Autumn 

by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Merry Autumn

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

It’s all a farce,—these tales they tell
About the breezes sighing,
And moans astir o’er field and dell,
Because the year is dying.

Such principles are most absurd,—
I care not who first taught ’em;
There’s nothing known to beast or bird
To make a solemn autumn.

In solemn times, when grief holds sway
With countenance distressing,
You’ll note the more of black and gray
Will then be used in dressing.

Now purple tints are all around;
The sky is blue and mellow;
And e’en the grasses turn the ground
From modest green to yellow.

The seed burs all with laughter crack
On feather weed and jimson;
And leaves that should be dressed in black
Are all decked out in crimson.

A butterfly goes winging by;
A singing bird comes after;
And Nature, all from earth to sky,
Is bubbling o’er with laughter.

The ripples wimple on the rills,
Like sparkling little lasses;
The sunlight runs along the hills,
And laughs among the grasses.

The earth is just so full of fun
It really can’t contain it;
And streams of mirth so freely run
The heavens seem to rain it.

Don’t talk to me of solemn days
In autumn’s time of splendor,
Because the sun shows fewer rays,
And these grow slant and slender.

Why, it’s the climax of the year,—
The highest time of living!—
Till naturally its bursting cheer
Just melts into thanksgiving.

After Apple-Picking

By  Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.


So pick up a pen and lets begin! As always the prompt will remain open the entire week so that everyone can write according to their own pace and time. Please click on the blue widget below. When it opens be sure to click on “add your link.” Now skip the blanks and proceed directly to “try here” written at the end in small font. It will direct you on how to link your poem. Please visit other Poets and do comment on their poems. Have fun ❤

16 thoughts on “Prompt Nights – Crunching, Crinkling Autumn swirling in the Breeze – [30]

  1. Ellecee says:

    Autumn is my favourite of seasons. Thank you for these lovely quotes and poems to celebrate these vibrant days of colour. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      You’re most welcome, Ellecee ❤️ good to see you 😀

  2. Lovely prompt, Sanaa. I have a love-hate relationship with autumn, but Keats ‘ To Autumn always bring beautiful childhood memories of autumn harvest. ?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Khaya ❤️ so glad you liked the prompt 🙂

  3. Jae Rose says:

    Thank you for the prompt Sanaa – if i don’t use one of your pics don’t be offended..need to see where the words lead me on the other prompts

    1. Sanaa says:

      Its quite alright, Jae ❤️ looking forward to your poem.

      1. Jae Rose says:

        Cropped leaves duly inserted – phew 🙂

        1. Sanaa says:


  4. gillena says:

    A stimulating prompt for me, as I live in a clime of only 2 seasons: A rainy season and a dry season. So i’ll use my vacation experience of cold snap, and the wonderful gift of internet autumn colours, stirred into my cultural happenings here in T&T at this time to share a poem with you today

    Thank you Sanaa for being the perfect hostess at Prompt Nights

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwweee ❤️ thanks Gillena 🙂 it was a lovely poem ❤️

  5. Sumana Roy says:

    A beautiful prompt Sanaa & really delighted to find my favorite Keats poem here…love the photos, I’ll use one, though it may not go with my subject matter except the color perhaps 🙂
    I tried a haiku…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you Sumana 😀 good to see you ❤️

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