As I write this, it is December 1. Yesterday it was literally November! What happened to November?! I cannot give it up that easily – especially because I have been saving a couple of very nice poems for you.
For Crows and Jays
I sing a song
Of thanks and praise
For cranky crows
And feisty jays
Who could have lived
A life of ease
Sailing on a southern breeze
But gave up warm and
To stay behind and
And bitter cold –
With squawk, and
Autumn's going out of business
Due to threat of snow –
Goldenrod and aster
Chrysanthemum must go.
Bumblebee's out browsing
Nectar's almost gone,
It's Autumn's final bargain days
With Winter coming on.
Horse in Pasture
All fall the farm horse at the bars
Just stands, not watching the passing cars,
Not moving his eyes across the view,
Not even – unlike the cattle – feeding.
Poor horse, I say; nothing to do,
Like knitting or whittling, rocking, reading.
All of these come from a book that I've mentioned before. It's Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems. David Diaz did the illustrations and Lee Bennett Hopkins selected the poems. As you can see, I really am ambivalent about leaving Fall behind – even though Winter is nice, too!
While we're on the subject of seasons, I would very much like to recommend a beautiful series of books to you. They're by Edna Miller and my children and I enjoyed them twenty-five or so years ago. Judging by the prices, I'd say they're collectibles! Maybe you can still find them in your library: Mousekin's Golden House, Mousekin's Thanksgiving, and Mousekin's Frosty Friend. There may be others; all are beautifully told stories of the natural world, starring a most excellent (realistic) mouse. The artwork is exquisite, too!