Friday, October 11, 2019


Early autumn is my favorite time of year. I enjoy the cooler days and colored foliage. I like the way my daughter decorates her house for Halloween. I love reading spooky Halloween books and poems to my granddaughters.
I wrote the following poem more than a decade ago:


In October, colored leaves
Fall from oak and maple tree--
Bright confetti shaken down
From their boughs. All over town
Trees are celebrating fall,
Decorating every wall,
Sidewalk, yard, and flowerbed
With pumpkin-orange, gold, and red.
We stand out in the falling leaves
And catch confetti on our sleeves,
In our hands and in our hair. 
We party till the trees are bare.

Catherine has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Reading to the Core.



jama said...

Lovely poem, Elaine. The images are so vivid! I really like your use of confetti :).

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Jama! I have always loved this time of year.

Carol Varsalona said...

Elaine, your poem and photo make a great combination for my autumn gallery, Abundant Autumn. May I capture them? Thanks for sharing your autumn fun!

Elaine Magliaro said...


Yes, you may!

Linda B said...

It is so full of the rhythm of celebrations, Elaine. I will never tire of autumn poems. Love "Decorating every wall,
Sidewalk, yard, and flowerbed". Indeed, that's truth!

Catherine Flynn said...

I love autumn, too, Elaine. Your poem captures the beauty of the season perfectly. I especially love "Bright confetti shaken down/ From their boughs." Enjoy these next few glorious weeks! Thank you for sharing!

Molly Hogan said...

I love the joyful celebration of fall in your poem. It's one of my favorite seasons, and this one has been especially beautiful and inspiring!

Linda Mitchell said...

ooooh, I love the confetti and the feeling of joy in this.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Linda B., Catherine, Molly, and Linda M.,

Sorry not to respond sooner. I hit a writing dry spell for many weeks. Then, a few days ago, I got an inspiration for a new picture book set on the last night of October. I've been busy at the computer. And yesterday, my husband and I went to Grace Lin's launch party for her new book--A Big Bed for Little Snow.

Kay said...

What a fun celebration for fall. It's my favorite time of year.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

I like your last line very much! It's nice to have you back.