The Twelve Nights of Autumn

October Tree by P.L. Miller

by Erin Abernethy

On the first night of autumn my lover gave to me
A good time behind an oak tree.

On the second night of autumn my lover gave to me
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the third night of autumn my lover gave to me
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the fourth night of autumn my lover gave to me
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the fifth night of autumn my lover gave to me
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the sixth night of autumn my lover gave to me
Six crows a-cawing
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the seventh night of autumn my lover gave to me
Seven signs and wonders
Six crows a-cawing
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the eighth night of autumn my lover gave to me
Eight burning bonfires
Seven signs and wonders
Six crows a-cawing
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the ninth night of autumn my lover gave to me
Nine naked dancers
Eight burning bonfires
Seven signs and wonders
Six crows a-cawing
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the tenth night of autumn my lover gave to me
Ten goats a-leaping
Nine naked dancers
Eight burning bonfires
Seven signs and wonders
Six crows a-cawing
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the eleventh night of autumn my lover gave to me
Eleven kilted pipers
Ten goats a-leaping
Nine naked dancers
Eight burning bonfires
Seven signs and wonders
Six crows a-cawing
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

On the twelfth night of autumn my lover gave to me
Twelve drunken drummers
Eleven kilted pipers
Ten goats a-leaping
Nine naked dancers
Eight burning bonfires
Seven signs and wonders
Six crows a-cawing
FIVE KEGS OF ALE
Four acorn pies
Three black cats
Two pine cones
And a good time behind an oak tree.

© Copyright 2005 by Erin Abernethy. Republished 2007, 2011, 2014.

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