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

TITLE: Twilight of the Seasons
By Verna Cole Mitchell
08/30/09


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‘Tis the twilight of the seasons,
When the world winds down for winter,
And the sun makes early curtain
As it ordains night, augmenter.

There’s a crispness in the morning.
There’s a tingle to the senses.
Only once a year this happens;
It’s the magic fall dispenses.

As the green leaves spring had painted
Now are dying, they still grasp
From the sun their boldest color,
Till they’re withered by wind’s gasp.

Hear the children’s laughing voices
As they rake dried leaves in heaps;
Hear their squealing rising sharply
When they land with flying leaps.

Brilliant blue of sky in summer's,
Elbowed out by greedy clouds,
Which devour smoke from chimneys
To envelop in their shrouds.

Tender flowers sadly shrivel;
All but pansies stay asleep,
Safe beneath the ground till spring comes,
When they’ve promises to keep.

With the coldness comes migration,
Birds that fly to southern climes.
For the beasts there's hibernation,
Till they welcome warmer times.

While the lakes and ponds are freezing,
Land lies bracing for the snow
To spread wide her crystal blanket
Beyond lamp and fire glow.

From the kitchen sweet aromas,
Spice and apple, pumpkin pie--
Here God’s human creatures gather,
Thankful for His good supply.

In the Bible there’s a reference
To a season for all things,*
And I’m partial to this season
For the pleasures autumn brings.

*Bible Reference: Ecclesiastes 3:1


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Bryan Ridenour09/03/09
Beautiful poem detailing the beauty of autumn so vividly. Well done.
Lisa Johnson 09/03/09
I agree with Brian, this is a very lovely poem.
Deborah Engle 09/03/09
I enjoyed this. The easy meter and rhythm made it easy to read and every stanza said just the right thing. I love autumn, too.
Mariane Holbrook09/03/09
How beautiful! It contains all the reasons autumn is loved by so many! I could almost see, taste, hear, smell,touch this wonderful time of the year as you described it. Kudos!
Loren T. Lowery09/04/09
This speaks to so many things, yet is not cumbersome and the meter and rhyme make it so much fun to read and savor. It's hard to point to a favorite line or stanza, although the last one sums it all up beautifully. However these two spoke to me the most:

"Brilliant blue of sky in summer's,
Elbowed out by greedy clouds,
Which devour smoke from chimneys
To envelop in their shrouds.

Tender flowers sadly shrivel;
All but pansies stay asleep,
Safe beneath the ground till spring comes,
When they’ve promises to keep."
Allen Stark09/04/09
I agree with all the above comments, adding, I only wish that, somewhere in my desire to share my thoughts, I had learned to rhyme as beautifully as you do. Those of you who have written such beautiful poetry on autumn and winter are helping me to gain a new appreciation for these two seasons.
Lynda Schultz 09/04/09
The fall is my favourite time of year and you have captured it so beautifully.
Charla Diehl 09/04/09
Beautifully creative in every way--my senses were aroused as I meandered through this delightful poem. A+ on the rhyme and meter and, well, everything!
Ada Nett09/09/09
Your words are not only descriptive they are endowed with the ability to evoke the emotions of "Fall". I enjoyed "feeling" this poetry!
~Cathy~
Laury Hubrich 09/09/09
Your poetry always amazes me. Great job, as always!
Mona Purvis09/09/09
Yes, what gets me is how you can find such descriptive, perfect words for your wonderful poems.
I always know I'll enjoy what you write.

mona
Carol Slider 09/09/09
Lovely, lovely imagery, Verna, all the way through! Now I'm really ready for fall to begin! Very well done.
Dee Yoder 09/10/09
Beautiful descriptions of fall paint a perfect picture of this season. You have included all the aspects of the season that I enjoy and love! Wonderful in every way.