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  Long-due Thanks to Autumn
by Phyllis Jean Green
Monday, September 26, 2011
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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As will be obvious, I grew up when notebooks were made of cardboard and paper and keyboards were associated with typewriters. We still scrambled to fill 'inkpens' and scrawled margin notes in pencil. I hope that despite moldy-old references, this poem evokes pleasant memories of falls gone by. If you ask me, it is a shame that the after Labor Day tradition has gone by the wayside. Don't seem right!


You are my favorite, you know.   Oh, sure, 
there are times you make me sad.  But jumping
in leaves you send pirouetting down helps chase them
off.   Sound tickles -- like Rice Krispies:  snap, crackle,
pop!  Who can stay blue with you holding all these fashion
shows?  That pill Charles Dickens dubbed Mrs. Micawber
cracked a smile in the fall, I bet.   Have to love Jack Frost’s
outrageousness.  Way he sees that yellow, orange, wine,
and gold are woven into every shade of green.  Persimmon
and aubergine all the rage this year, my dears.  Frost  so wise
to include the gray that signals the maturity to let go and meld
with rain, snow, and the other things spring has ordered
for the show it is planning.

You’re so generous.  Christmas and Chanuka without the hunts
for gifts and elaborate meals to prepare.   I find myself humming
School Days, School Days, and running mental hands over
spanking new notebook paper ruled with blue and daffodil-
yellow pencils sharpened to elegant points.  Chat about
drop-add, teachers, dorms, and loveboats pepper air already
spiced with the smell of bonfire-roasting hot dogs
and marshmallows.  Crude stick I whittle triggers laughs
as it bursts into flames.  Cooling nights ripen with the subtle
but distinctive odor of cedar-chip-stored wool, smoke,
and hints of rain.  Footballs thunk, and cheers go up.    Students
pile into coffee houses and pizza parlors to relax or check
to see if part-time jobs are available.  Perfume from hastily
unpacked shampoo stirs into the musk rising from leaves,
exhaust,  and, as Dickens wrote, High Expectations.  All goes
so fast.   Takes your breath away. 

Thank you for taking me with you.  See you next year, I trust.

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Reviewed by Chris Vaillancourt
amazing,great flow of words
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Phyllis, I love how down-to-Earth your writing is. I'm mesmerized as I read; you create the tone so well. Great.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
right there with you, phyllis! miss those lovely fall days in syracuse
new york! but do not miss those horrific winters!
peace & blessing, poetess!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
My favorite time of year, too. Your poem brought back many memories, especially those of going back to college in the fall to a small town whose countryside was emblazoned with magic and wood smoke. Where trysts would occur in that magic place called the “Devils punch bowl.”

Enjoyed immensely,

Reviewed by Jon Willey
you fell for it Pea -- the rapture of fall with all of its explosions of last colors to be dashed by winter's stark dullness -- and you given us a special peek at a gentler time -- a time I too recall -- I bid you love and peace my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Axilea MU
Wonderful flow, so natural! And I admire the way you engage all the senses and make your point!

Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by Daniel Keith
This and spring are my two favorite seasons. You have captured fall in such a way that it makes so inviting. I enjoyed this very much. Makes me feel like I'm there. May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by Andy Turner
Hmmm, I'd always thought, as a kid, that America was like Charlie Brown, but now my eyes have been opened to see that it was like Happy Day's with The Fonze. :)

Great word pictures, one can really visualise these day of BC. (Before Computers) Over there.
Reviewed by richard cederberg
Ha ... what a talent you are Sweetpea. This poetic prose is composed intelligently and uniquely and was muchly appreciated. Happy Autumn to ya'll. Peace and continued inspiration ... richard
Reviewed by TONY NERONE
And I thought only I remembered such things. Awesome writing as always pretty lady.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson
What a shame we have to wait so long each year for the
lovely season you describe so eloquently in these lines,
Phyllis. -gene.
Reviewed by D. Vegas
Phyllis, You have done it again with your wittiness and enthusiasm.
And once again I love it!!

Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Wonderfully fresh voice and richly nostalgic poem with exuberant energy!
Reviewed by Kenny Baez
As rich as autumn, this poem conjures the beauty of fall.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
VERY BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Domino
Nice poem. It took me to far corners of my childhood when I really enjoyed the Fall. Now that I am in Florida, fall is beautiful but different from the falls I experienced when the snow and ice hit the sidewalks. AMEN!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
Yes, Autumn can trigger so many wonderful memories..thanks for sharing these..makes me think back to so many I have stored that I have not thought about for years!
Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
YOU take my breath away, with your descriptive power to make us see, hear, touch, taste, FEEL. A gift worth reading, again and again ... thank you, ((((Pea)))). I adore this write. Y O U.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Laura Fall
Beautifully written poetry indeed Laura
Reviewed by Rose Rideout
Wonderful writing Phyllis.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wonderful imagery and nostalgia to this riveting poem; very well penned, Pea! And I love the picture!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
The Good Old Days of Fall - The Pleasant Memories of Falls Gone By - and you've just re-kindled several pleasant Fall Memories of my own. Thanks very much!
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
wonderful remembering!
Reviewed by Paul Judges
Delightfully done, Phyllis.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Well you definately did awaken some marvelous memories with this one and took me back to those times when yes...Computors were just science fiction.
Now the kids hardly notice the changing colours...
Reviewed by John Flanagan
You have a beautiful mind and a unique way of seeing
and the talent to deliver eloquently and magnetically.
This sings.

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