A Poem: Autumnal Orange

Not unlike Frederick the Mouse from the old Leo Lionni story (1967), I feel like I need to gather color in my mind for the long winter days ahead.  Below you will find a poem reflecting the gathering of orange, a favorite color of mine because of its vibrancy!


Maple leaves showing their inner beauty

hang tentatively on limbs baked in the sun and

cooled in the crisp night air. Orange.

Pumpkins dotting the farm fields with rounded sunny

heads peeking out amongst the vines, hoping to be picked

by an eager toddler before a raccoon takes a bite for a crunchy meal.


Disappearing Candy Corn gobbled up so fast it seems like

a ghost has been visiting your kitchen. No one owning up to

the festive feast of the colorful triangular sweet treat.


A coat so bright and warm of wool that wearing it just makes

you smile from ear to ear like a jack 0′ lantern grinning in

late October. Cozy orange coat of mine.


Autumn decorations in doorways beckon a welcome

to eager trick or treaters in the neighborhood. A warm,

fiery  glow from a Cucurbita pepo. Large, small, scary, silly.

Fun to see.  Fun to carve.


A favorite blanket of cinnamon awaits on a brown couch for

any wanting warmth on the first of many cold days.  Leafy views

turn your head as they float by the window, catching your eye.


Anticipating the winter skies ablaze with streaks of tangerine

mixed with fuchsia upon sunrise when days are lengthening again.

aftertheeclipse2017 copy


Deeply colored mums in rust and burgundy bought to add color

to the garden when it is disappearing from the plants of summer.


Autumnal orange brings sights to behold and warm the soul.



Color poems are a fun way to engage students of any age in writing. It was one of my favorite activities that I did with my writer’s circle students in year’s past. Hailstones and Halibut Bones (1961) by Mary O’Neill is a great mentor text. It is available on Amazon.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s