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Famous Indian Summer Poems by Famous Poets

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by Service, Robert William
...'d tune my pipes before the fire and merrily I'd strive
To praise that age when prose again has given way to rhyme,
The Indian Summer days of life when I'll be Sixty-five;

For then my work will all be done, my voyaging be past,
And I'll have earned the right to rest where folding hills are green;
So in some glassy anchorage I'll make my cable fast, --
Oh, let the seas show all their teeth, I'll sit and smile serene.
The storm may bellow round the roof, I'll bide beside t...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel

THE sun is a huntress young, 
The sun is a red, red joy, 
The sun is an indian girl, 
Of the tribe of the Illinois.


The sun is a smouldering fire, 
That creeps through the high gray plain, 
And leaves not a bush of cloud 
To blossom with flowers of rain.


The sun is a wounded deer, 
That treads pale grass...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler; 
A face all beautiful, sad and tender, 
And both are stamped with the seal of doom.

All through the days of Indian summer, 
Minute by minute and hour by hour, 
I feel the approach of a dreaded Comer –
A ghastly presence of awful power.
I hear the birds in the early morning, 
As they fly from the fields that are turning brown, 
And at noon and at night my heart takes warning, 
For the maple leaves fall down and down.

The sumac bushes are all a-flaming! 
Th...Read More

by Dyke, Henry Van
...A soft veil dims the tender skies,
And half conceals from pensive eyes
The bronzing tokens of the fall;
A calmness broods upon the hills,
And summer's parting dream distills
A charm of silence over all.

The stacks of corn, in brown array,
Stand waiting through the placid day,
Like tattered wigwams on the plain;
The tribes that find a shelter there
Are...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...Here in the Autumn of my days
My life is mellowed in a haze.
Unpleasant sights are none to clear,
Discordant sounds I hardly hear.
Infirmities like buffers soft
Sustain me tranquilly aloft.
I'm deaf to duffers, blind to bores,
Peace seems to percolate my pores.
I fold my hands, keep quiet mind,
In dogs and children joy I find.
With temp...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...e of God. 

Sweetheart Autumn

The woods were black and crimson, 
The frost-bit flowers were dead, 
But Sweetheart Indian Summer came 
With love-winds round her head. 
While fruits God-given and splendid 
Belonged to her domain: 
Baskets of corn in perfect ear 
And grapes with purple stain, 
The treacherous winds persuaded her 
Spring Love was in the wood 
Altho' the end of love was hers — 
Fruition, Motherhood. 

Sweetheart Winter

We had done naught of service...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...air with dreamy softness, 
Gave a twinkle to the water, 
Touched the rugged hills with smoothness, 
Brought the tender Indian Summer 
To the melancholy north-land, 
In the dreary Moon of Snow-shoes.
Listless, careless Shawondasee! 
In his life he had one shadow, 
In his heart one sorrow had he. 
Once, as he was gazing northward, 
Far away upon a prairie 
He beheld a maiden standing, 
Saw a tall and slender maiden 
All alone upon a prairie; 
Brightest green were all h...Read More

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