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Fall Deep Into Autumn
Janice Canerdy


Flamboyant, fabulous fall waits in the wings
As sultry summer gradually winds down,
Losing strength to chilly changes September brings,
Leaving lovers of long hot days wearing a frown.
Delights await those who favor fall.
Exciting festivals and special days
Enliven our spirits. Outdoor scenes enthrall,
Pleasing the eye with vast, colorful arrays,
Inspiring, serving as poet’s and painter’s muse.
Nature lends progressively less daylight.
Trick-or-treaters have cute costumes to choose,
Ornate orange bags or buckets—adorable sight—
And sweets to eat on Halloween night.
Umber earth is rendered white by frost, then snow.
Thanksgiving feasts and football are November fare.
Ultimate fall plans center around coming yuletide glow.
Merry Christmas! Gather; gifts and blessings, share.
Now winter waits with a new year in tow.

This poem first appeared in Westward Quarterly (Fall 2021).
Used here with permission.


Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. She has been writing poetry since childhood and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies. Janice's book, Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishing), was published in 2016. Very involved in church life and family life, she retired early to take care of her grandchildren, who fill her life with purpose and joy. They also inspire her to write.





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Wilda Morris:
Both rhyming and acrostic. And wonderful vocabulary.
Posted 09/23/2022 09:53 AM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the opening line--"flamboyant, fabulous fall..."
Posted 09/22/2022 03:37 PM
Kelly Scott:
Such a lovely poem! You did a great job of "Hitting on the noggin".
Posted 09/22/2022 03:36 PM
I like it. Flows nicely, love the rhymes. Good job!
Posted 09/22/2022 11:11 AM
Acrostics can be a real challenge. Well done! I write rhymes for each of my Grand kids birthdays - my first two were Jane and Ana ---- duck soup for acrostic ;;; and then, along came Alexander ... and I went back to rhyming couplets ,,, LOL.
Posted 09/22/2022 09:13 AM
This is a superb piece of work Janice . . . thank you.
Posted 09/22/2022 08:31 AM

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