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

TITLE: Earth's Final Celebration
By Linda Payne
09/02/09


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Salt and pepper clouds sprinkled
across a cerulean sky
air fresh and crisp
cleanses away the remnants
of summerís stifling heat.
The landscape an artistís palette
ablaze with color
yellows melt into gold while
titian and umber flicker among
orange and scarlet flames.
Trees decked out in their finest apparel,
like Cinderella,
slowly shed their lustrous gowns
as they leave the ball.
Fat-cheeked chipmunks and
industrious squirrels
diligently gather
a treasure-trove of nuts while
birds ,vying for a place at my feeder,
gorge on seeds and suet
preparing themselves for long
winter nights or long winter flights.
Apples, crisp and rosy,
ripe and ready
for butter, cider, and pies
golden-green pears
their sweet juiciness
drips down hands and chins
roly-poly pumpkins,
globes of glowing orange
scattered in the field,
wait for trick-or-treat.
Squeals of laughter erupt from
carefully raked
mounds of crackling brown
spice-scented leaves
tossed in the air
crunched underfoot.
Bare branches form
graceful statues while
silver frosting covers
grass and rooftops.
Days grow shorter
nights grow longer in
Earthís final celebration
before winterís long sleep.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 09/04/09
Ahhhh just beautiful. This lovely poem, crafted with just the right choice of images is a favorite for me.
Charla Diehl 09/04/09
Truly this is a creative and picturesque poem of Fall. You nailed this season perfectly with the imagery from the first line to the last. Great work.
Loren T. Lowery09/08/09
I felt as if I were sitting on my porch, looking out on to the landscape and experiencing everything you wrote - beautifully done.
Allen Stark09/08/09
Beautiful! I especially love free verse because it flows so well.
Lisa Johnson 09/10/09
I love this poem, so full of the vivid descriptions of the season. you touche don all of the things I love about autumn. Congratulations on your EC.
Bryan Ridenour09/10/09
Beautiful poem with wonderful descriptive work. Congrats on the EC!