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09 . 01 . 10
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

– John Updike, September
Photo by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. Karena September 1, 2010 | 3:30 am

    Heather , Autumn has always been my favorite season!!

    Art by Karena

  2. Teresa Hatfield September 1, 2010 | 3:42 am

    I love this poem and the beautiful photograph. It reminds me of You’ve Got Mail, one of my favorite “feel good” movies. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Town and Country Mom September 1, 2010 | 3:43 am

    How lovely! Hope your September is full of wonderful surprises!

  4. camdesign September 1, 2010 | 4:19 am

    nice, just really nice. thank you

  5. pve design September 1, 2010 | 10:07 am

    Wonderful words and image to open the first day of the month of September. One of my favorite months.

  6. La Maison Fou September 1, 2010 | 10:58 am

    Really kicks off the Fall season. I awoke early this a.m. to thunder and a light rain. Perfect for the ushering in of fantastical Fall weather!

  7. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll September 1, 2010 | 11:59 am

    Really, really can’t believe it’s here. Ready for fall weather.

  8. Style Chronicle September 1, 2010 | 12:14 pm

    Lovely! John Updike is a favorite of mine. He came to Nashville several years ago and the public library put on a marionette show based on his child’s poem about the seasons. My son got his “autograph” after the performance and he was so kind and dear to my budding reader. I was so sad to hear of his recent death. He will be missed in the literary community and beyond.

  9. Ijeoma September 1, 2010 | 12:28 pm

    Pretty poem!

    Have a wonderful September. x

  10. susan's buzz September 1, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    Heather–love this photo and the wonderful poem. Fall is my favorite season, can’t wait for colorful walks in Central Park!

  11. the NEO-traditionalist September 1, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    The perfect way to kick off the month! I had so much fun dining/shopping with you yesterday. I am forever a JG Melon girl : )

    xx Katie