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Autumn Quadrille

The leaves turning always brings me home,

no matter where I am,

my mind came back to Shropshire,

the woods alight with copper

as mist rises on the fields


and the log burner is lit

for the first time since Spring.

I come home.


I’m looking forward to autumn already. While summer is lovely, we never really get much of it here in England, instead we make the most of autumn and all its wonderful excuses for knee high boots, fluffy socks and cuddly jumpers. [I may have bought all three in the last week.]

Today’s DVerse Poets Pub prompt is to write a quadrille using ‘leaves’ for your inspiration.

For me this means taking you to my parents’ farm in Shropshire, where the woods begin to shake off their leaves, the log burner gets started up, the whole house smells of wood smoke, and we pull out the winter duvets ready for the colder seasons.

Autumn really is my favourite season.




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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. I am from the North so I hear your fire revving up for the start. Beautifully captured spirit of autumn you have.

  2. Feels like a very cozy time…especially the coming home. I liked your remarks at the end that tell of your returning to your parents’ home in autumn, Carol.

  3. Your poem gave me a thrill. I too can’t wait to pull on layers of woollies, socks, scarves, gloves, hats and boots again. I’ve joined a walking group and am looking forward to walks in the woods, kicking leaves and picking up conkers and acorns. And then lighting the log burner.

  4. Especially love the last three lines. Seasons can be so closely tied to memories, to the feelings of a place. This is a beautiful take on the prompt.

    • Thank you Lillian. I don’t think it will matter where I go in life, the Twemlows will always feel like home to me and I’ll always be trying to recreate that feeling.

  5. Very appealing to the senses. I could feel the warm glow of the fire and that cozy feeling of nestling indoors.

  6. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says

    Shades of Housman! Obviously a lovely place. 🙂

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