Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Autumn, Queen of year

Each week, Reya's class has a "sharing" session which is essentially a public speaking session. A topic is assigned each wee and this week the topic is a Fall poem... We looked and looked for a poem that was easy for a 7 year old to memorize and would encompass all that Autumn brings us... and this is what we found!

A poem written by a child prodigious poet and a child prodigy, Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr. (1902-1983) and coincidentally she penned this poem when she was almost the same age as Reya.... enjoy it with us as we enter the fall season!

Autumn, Queen of year
When the pumpkins are so yellow
And the vines with grapes abound,
When the melons are so mellow
And the nuts fall to the ground;
When persimmons lose their bitters,
And the apples are so red;
When we love to eat corn fritters
Since the roasting ears have fled;
When vacation days are over
And the children go to school,
They no longer play in clover,
But much learn "Arithmos-rule,"
When weird Hallowe'en's most naughty elves
With gnomes and sprites appear,
While fat Thanksgiving fills the shelves - 
'Tis AUTUMN, QUEEN OF YEAR.

--- Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr.

Until next time,
Shilpa, Reya and Rithik

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