Ode to Autumn

John Keats wrote ‘Ode to Autumn‘ in 1819.  Yet, some people still say that the autumn doesn’t arrive till the equinox.  How ironic.

Actually, Keats figures a little in my story.  When I was 18 I fell in love with a girl at college. She was dating, I don’t think I was clear enough about my feelings.  I bought her a book of Keats poems because he was her favourite.  It cost me all of my week’s spending money.

A quarter of a century later, we found each other again through Friends Reunited.  The first thing she said when we met was, ‘Haven’t you grown up?’

The second thing she said was, ‘I’ve still got the Keats book.  And the poem you wrote in it.’

She’s now my wife.

About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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  1. Pingback: I love Autumn! « Inside Out Cafe

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