|“Harvest Home” is from one of my favorite poetry books, The Year Around.
I read this to the children recently. They were delighted with “And walnuts plumping fast and faster”. Do you know what that is referring to?
The bursting foxgrape spills its juices,
The gentians lift their sapphire fringes
On roadways rich with golden tinges,
The waddling woodchucks fill their hampers,
The deer mouse runs, the chipmunk scampers,
The squirrels scurry, never stopping,
For all they hear is apples dropping
And walnuts plumping fast and faster;
The bee weighs down the purple aster-
Yes, hive your honey, little hummer,
The woods are waving, “Farewell Summer.”
— Arthur Guiterman —
|Autumn, edited by Gary Schmidt
|Mousekin’s Golden House, story and pictures by Edna Miller