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Autumn, Queen of Year
When the pumpkins are so yellow
And the vines with grapes abound,
When the melons are so mellow
And the nuts fall to the ground;
When persimmons lose their bitters,
And the apples are so red;
When we love to eat corn fritters
Since the roasting ears have fled;
When vacation days are over
And the children go to school,
They no longer play in clover,
But must learn "Arithmos-rule,"
When weird Hallowe'en's most naughty elves
With gnomes and sprites appear,
While fat Thanksgiving fills the shelves -
'Tis AUTUMN, QUEEN OF YEAR.
~ Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.
I like how Stoner calls Halloween "weird" and Thanksgiving "fat". I enjoy her rhymes, too. But my favorite thing about this poem is how autumn is named queen of the year. What do you like (or dislike) about the poem?