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Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)
TITLE: A Copyright For Fall
By Mary Lou Tiner
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Some people say we have such gall,
To choose this term to designate
The season we all celebrate.
Across the sea the English claim
We changed this season’s proper name.
Should we desire their respect,
Then saying “Autumn” is correct.
But wait, why should we compromise?
We don’t live under foggy skies.
The land we love, land of the free,
Has called it Fall – that works for me!
Nature gives us validation,
For our verbal liberation.
The leaves don’t “autumn” off the tree.
They “FALL” and that makes sense to me!
And let us not forget the rhyme
We all have used to change the time.
We say “Spring forward and Fall back”
But “Autumn back”? That’s out of whack!
Now, “Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring”
Provides a lovely, rhythmic ring.
So poets everywhere unite!
And grant to “Fall” the copyright!
An interesting footnote:
America is the only country that refers to this season as “Fall”, much to the chagrin of our British neighbors, who insist that America has once again corrupted the English language.
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