Feuille-morte

Weekly Scribblings #90: October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!”
" ... take your inspiration from this quote, October, or autumn in general."

Ochre leaves flutter,

Clutter

Together, a mosaic

Ode to the

Beauty of summer’s death,

Earthy

Russet, gold, and umber. 

 

©2021 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved

Autumn bouquet - the vase is a new thrift store find, the little animal is a bird (his flat bird tail shows on the inside). 

The title, Feuille-morte, literally translates to "dead leaf," but also is a color.  As Merriam-Webster explains it, feuille-morte is
: a brownish orange that is deeper and slightly redder than leather, yellower and deeper than spice, and yellower and deeper than gold pheasant

Which about covers any autumn leaf color, doesn't it?  A brownish orange, redder than this,yellower than that, and yellower than... a gold pheasant? 

I think John Locke but it best.

"To make a countryman understand what feuille-morte­ colour signifies, it may suffice to tell him, it is the colour of withered leaves in autumn"

— John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690

 

 

 

Comments

  1. O C T O B E R
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    was a good month for your Acrostic. And you did very well. Thank you too, Lisa, I had forgotten "Ochre", a fitting word.
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    1. Thank you. I sat outside in the October mild afternoon and listed autumnal words for October and Autumn until things made some sense!

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    2. Great idea. I probably would have used my failing memory or google.
      Most times though I try first "Rhyme Zone".
      For an example, paste this: (You may already use it?)
      https://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=ochre&typeofrhyme=perfect&org1=syl&org2=l&org3=y
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    3. Yes, definitely Rhyme Zone! Any time I need rhymes.

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  2. Thanks for this acrostic homage to October. Now I'm inspired to write my own!

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    1. I will look for it soon! I seldom do acrostics, so it was fun.

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  3. May we all have such a beautiful eulogy to accompany us to the next stage.

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    1. What a beautiful comment! Just lovely. Thank you.

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  4. Nice acrostic evocative of October!

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    1. Thank you. I worked with Autumn a bit, but October just worked best.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your interesting October acrostic
    And the process notes.

    Muchđź’ślove

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    1. I added that in later. I don't speak French, so thought it might help others like me to know what the title was about.

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  6. Nice! I like the idea of the colorful leaves being a Mosaic!

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    1. Thank you. The leaves look so artistic where they fall. I didn't have colorful leaves until 2011, so I'm enjoying them now!

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  7. Beautiful play of colours, in image and words.

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  8. I am not usually fond of acrostics but you made me love this one. " a mosaic

    Ode to the Beauty of summer’s death". Oh. my word, that is breath-taking

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    1. I know what you mean! I like how it turned out, I like to think it reads like a "regular" poem and not just an acrostic.

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  9. Lisa, this is so beautiful. The movement, the colors, the change dancing through the lines, the word choice encapsulating stories within stories... I love so many things about this poem, especially the way it shows that when it comes to October, beauty can be found in change and in death.

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    1. Thank you. It seems to be the time that I'm seeing beauty in death, as I posted today to my other blog about the bones in an owl pellet! Tiny beautiful bones.

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  10. Acrostics are fun to compose, not an easy form. You managed this one beautifully.

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    1. They seem so simple, yet you're right, not easy. Thank you.

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