The Sounds of October

author/source: Rita N. Wolfson

The month of October brings us a most welcomed musical sound, 

when the leaves have fallen from their branches onto the ground. 

As we enter this path of Autumn’s colored leaves bursting all about, 

the-sounds-octoberand with each footstep we take, a crunching sound eagerly shouts out, 

welcome to the sounds of crunch that only nature can provide, 

and invites us into a melodic environment to help pick up our stride. 


Walking, skipping or dancing on a mosaic blanket is a musical treat, 

and finding one’s self keeping in time to its contagious beat. 

However, leaves can vary in their flight if wet or lame, 

and the crinkling sounds of October differs, but without shame. 


Happily, there is always next October to look forward to, 

and another crunchy season to be able to step into. 

And keep in time with that rhythmic musical sound, 

when Autumn leaves fall from their branches onto the ground. 



Rita Nathan Wolfson is a 94-year-old author, poet, and artist.  For more than twenty years she created artwork and jewelry utilizing recycled paper, the profits of which were donated to charitable causes. Rita self-published a book that combined her artwork and creative writing: One Liner on Two Lines and most recently, during the pandemic, she has been sharing her poetry on YouTube as the Positive Poet.

Rita began her creative journey later in life, after raising her family.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston at the age of 65, where she discovered her passion for learning.  Upon graduation, she became a founding member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - taking countless classes and leading poetry seminars. She is tireless in her interests and has recently expanded her writing into the short story genre.