Sometime within the past week, fall completely arrived in Southern New Jersey. When I walked outside this morning, it was cool–in fact, it was crisp; and over the past few days, I have noticed that the trees are finally wearing their party clothes.
Here Comes the Parade!
by Jacki Kellum
How different are the days between September and November.
September, with an occasional gust of fresh, crisper air,
is still primarily warm, lush, and emerald green.
Although shoppers rush to buy fall wreaths
and trinkets for their yards then,
September actually is not fall.
like the tail of the month before.
Yet, it is in October, that we will watch the world transform.
By mid-October, the air is beginning to become chillier.
Air conditioners are put to bed
And flannel shirts come out of storage.
honey has begun kissing the edges of the leaves,
And a hint of red echoes from within them.
By the end of October, there are more cool days than not
Fires are lit and heaters begin to blow,
Bringing relief from morning’s dampness and evening’s chill
The painter, with his chariot of colors appears
And with his rainbow brush–
A full-blown circus parade arrives.
Copyright Jacki Kellum October 15, 2015
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