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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)

TITLE: A Copyright For Fall
By Mary Lou Tiner
08/27/09


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We call it “Fall” and that’s not all,
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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Lisa Johnson 09/03/09
How cute a way to validate the word "fall"...I did not know that we Americans are the only ones who use the term.
Linda Boulanger09/03/09
Fantastic piece! I loved it. My favorite part: "The leaves don’t “autumn” off the tree. They “FALL” and that makes sense to me!" That is a thought I have had so very often. Your title is quite catching as well. Nice.
Virgil Youngblood 09/03/09
A lovely poem. I seldom read poetry but your title hooked me. Great writing.
Lyn Churchyard09/03/09
You have taken the topic and done an excellent job on it. I just love the lines:

We say “Spring forward and Fall back”
But “Autumn back”? That’s out of whack!


Wonderful! Clever! What a delight to read.
Linda Wright09/03/09
I love this witty, light-hearted poem! Good job.
Patricia Turner09/03/09
Clever and very witty!
Allen Stark09/04/09
What a way to start my day. Kind of a way to remind me that Fall has fell and summer was as hot as could be. And you though I was going to rhyme with "fell?"
See, you got me going early.
Coleene VanTilburg 09/05/09
Very cute, I could see this memorized by school children for a play or skit. thanks for the education as well. Fall...makes perfect sence to me!