Fall is Here!

LeavesToday is the first day of Autumn. All I can say is that I am ready for the Fall, and with it cold days, Halloween, pumpkin pie, All Saints Day, football games, Thanksgiving, changing leaves, etc. My mom has already bought our Halloween costumes for this year! And soon the purple, orange, and green Halloween lights will go up in my window.These reasons (and more) make autumn my favorite season. Plus, there was always Homecoming and the end of football season (the beginning of my social life) that always occurred during the autumn. One of my biggest complaints about living in Atlanta was the lack of a clearly distinct Fall season. I found this excellent poem about Autumn I thought I would share:

To Autumn – John Keats

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives of dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Image from: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/4323761/detail.html