Five Poems for Fall

Celebrate autumn’s arrival by sharing these delights at home or in the classroom. 


Leaves by Elsie N. Brady

How silently they tumble down

And come to rest upon the ground

To lay a carpet, rich and rare,

Beneath the trees without a care,

Content to sleep, their work well done,

Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly

Until they nearly reach the sky.

Twisting, turning through the air

Till all the trees stand stark and bare.

Exhausted, drop to earth below

To wait, like children, for the snow


A Leaf by  Aileen Fisher

If I were a leaf

(but I wouldn't be)

I'd have to be tied

to a tree, tree, tree.

I couldn't walk off

(or skip or run)

and my nose would get burned

by the sun, sun, sun.

In summer I'd roast,

(in winter I'd freeze)

and all through October

I'd sneeze, sneeze, sneeze.


 Down, Down  by Eleanor Farjeon

Down, down            Yellow and brown              The leaves are falling             Over the town.


Fall by Aileen Fisher

The last of October

We lock the garden gate.

The flowers alive all withered

that used to stand straight.

The last of October

We put the swings away

And the porch looks deserted where we like to play.

The last of October

The birds have all flown,

The screens are in the attic, the sand pile’s all gone:

Everything is put away before it starts to snow

I wonder if the ladybugs have any place to go? 


Song of the Nut   (Traditional)

I’m a nut, so small and round,

Lying on the cold, cold ground

Everybody steps on me

That’s why I’m so cracked you see!