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Monday, September 3, 2018

Fall's Magic

I discovered ‘Fall’ when I was ten,
Yes, Autumn happened long before,
I just began to notice then.
Sit back, I’d like to tell you more…

To make us culturally aware,
Our Mom would haul us once a week,
To Mrs. Sproad of the greying hair,
For music lessons. So to speak.

Each time, I’d sweat my half an hour,
On piano bench. With tongue in teeth.
When brother sat, I got to scour
The farm. From barns to distant heath.

With collie, Princess, by my side,
I wandered out wher’er I could.
Through grasses long and leaves all dried,
Just two of us there in the woods.

The sounds, the smells I can’t forget,
The crisp and spicy odors pleased,
If I could, I’d be there yet,
Running through the crunchy leaves.

With Princess and her ringing bark,
My trustworthy companion, she,
A furry, friendly matriarch
Who now is just a memory.

So now each time I smell those smells,
Or find myself knee deep in leaves,
The memories, I can’t dispel,
Fall's magic? On my heart it breathes.

Mondays do get knocked a lot,
With poetry, we three besought,
To try to make the week begin
With pleasant thoughts--perhaps a grin?
So Jenny and Delores, we,
Have posted poems for you to see.
And now you've seen what we have brought . . .
Did we help?
Or did we not?

Next week, we'll celebrate with flair,
The funny, fuzzy Teddy Bear.                             

7 comments:

  1. It's my favourite time of year.......the crunch of the leaves and that smell of decay....beautiful.

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  2. "On my heart it breathes" - oh yes! So well put. Fall hits all the sensory buttons, doesn't it?

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  3. P. S. Teddy Bear -- got it! Thank you :)

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  4. I love this, especially oh my heart if breathes. I miss fall. We don't get much in California. Sigh.

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  5. I would love autumn even more except it leads to winter! But yes, I have to admit, the smells and sounds of autumn childhoods in New York City (different from yours, yet the same) remain with me today, too.

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