Even though the temperature can’t be convinced that fall has arrived, we can certainly still enjoy the season! Here are three poems to put you in the fall mood!
1. “October’s Party” by George Cooper
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
2. “Autumn’s Begun” by Anais J. Roma
With perfect grace.
Guided by the wind to land in an unknown place.
Gently it rests in a child’s dying garden.
A little flitter to the left. A slight flutter to the right.
The wind will not rest tonight.
Prowling as it comes,
Howling as it carries.
Leaves of every shade twirl and spiral across the cold gray air,
For the leaves don’t care
One leaf crusades through the sky,
Without a thought why
Side to side,
Down and down.
A single leaf on the ground is enough to make anyone frown.
When you’re showered with fire, gold, and copper,
When the trees wave at you
And cold, crispy air tickles your nose and makes you feel wonderfully numb,
Then that’s when you know autumn’s begun.
3. “Autumn” by Rainer Maria Rilke
The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,
as if orchards were dying high in space.
Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.”
And tonight the heavy earth is falling
away from all other stars in the loneliness.
We’re all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It’s in them all.
And yet there is Someone, whose hands
infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.
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