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Autumn's Encore
Jacqueline Jules


Gold and red beckon
from every branch,
inviting me to the show.
Hurrying out the door,
warm air instantly
entertains me.
Leaves caress my sneakers
as a loving sun suggests
I tie my jacket around my waist.
Raising my arms, I applaud
autumn’s encore, offering
one more sweet song
before a finale of frost.

© by Jacqueline Jules.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Jacqueline Jules is a former librarian who found herself intrigued by almost every book she put on the shelf.  As a reader and as a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre. She is the author of 50 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics, including two poetry books for young readers, Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence (Albert Whitman, 2020), and Smoke at the Pentagon: Poems to Remember (Bushel & Peck, 2023). Jacqueline is also the author of four poetry books for adults, including a collection of biblically inspired poems, Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021). After 26 years in Virginia, she moved to Long Island to be closer to her grandchildren. Learn more about her at



Post New Comment:
Great rhythm that really fits the musical theme of the poem! And I love the alliteration.
Posted 11/26/2023 10:10 PM
I love the finale of frost--happening today where I live!
Posted 11/26/2023 05:28 PM
This is beautiful, Jacqueline! Thank you!
Posted 11/26/2023 02:54 PM
Posted 11/26/2023 01:21 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful. I agree with the others comments.
Posted 11/26/2023 01:10 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I was drawn in by the title "Autumn's Encore" and tossed immediately in the scene of this cinematic sensual musical poem. I could see the gold and red show, feel the warm air and the leaves caress my sneakers as I listen to the song of autumn. Favorite images: loving sun and finale of frost.
Posted 11/26/2023 12:59 PM
Great control, great fun. Powerful end.
Posted 11/26/2023 10:19 AM
Certainly, one more sweet song, Jacqueline, lovely.
Posted 11/26/2023 09:56 AM

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