Hail to Autumn Hail to Autumn at its very best
Before all the trees decide to rest.
The heat and humidity of summer finally past,
The chilly and frosty days will return at last.
Autumn brings her gifts all tied
With burnished vegetation far and wide,
Displaying an awesome scene for everyone
Beneath the cover of the lustrous sun.
Acorns dropped to the leaf-covered ground
Where hardy, orange pumpkins now abound.
Flocks of wildfowl in a southward flight,
Migrating to a region to avoid winter's plight.
All season long Autumn will proudly display
A skein of beautiful colors day after day
Until again the cold, Northerly Winds will blow
To eagerly remind us of the forthcoming snow.
It is Autumn's disposition to please each heart
With a spectacular event from the season's start.
The dark days of winter are now approaching fast,
So, Hail to Autumn for its memorable cast. by Joseph T. Renaldi
Autumn is my most favourite time of the year and always has been. I am just not a hot weather girl, ironic considering where I chose to live! I always rejoice when the nights start to close in and the days grow cooler, knowing Autumn is lurking just around the corner. I love to see the leaves turn golden and fall, creating huge rustling leaf drifts all over our yard. They remind me of my maternal grandfather, a man who loved his big autumn bonfires. I will forever associate that bonfire smell with my grandfather, bringing happy memories back of childhood. Back home we would hunt up the largest chestnuts and bake them rock hard in the oven, before threading them and having Conker fights. I remember rolling down banks laughing into huge piles of golden crispy leaves. That's probably why I love to just lie in a pile even now, and occasionally photograph them up close! In my new homeland I enjoy 'Fall' just as much. I have fully embraced home decorating for Fall, and I am looking forward to getting out my Fall porch decorations next weekend. So I am happy to put away my summer sandals and t-shirts, pull on my boots and sweaters and embrace Autumn like the old friend it is.