November 3, 2016

A Poem by Donna Arthur Downs: "Autumn Moments"

Donna Arthur Downs is an associate professor and co-chair of the Communication department at Taylor University. She has taught various writing, public relations and media courses since 2001 and advises the award-winning student newspaper, The Echo. She is the mother of two faithful sons and the grandmother of two remarkable grandchildren. Downs graduated with an Ed.D from Ball State University. http://donnadowns.wix.com/donna



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Photo by Jennifer Criss





Autumn Moments

Ghosts and goblins, pumpkin heads, witches riding brooms–
Telling scary stories in dimly lighted rooms–
Sitting ‘round the campfire, hot-dog-roasting fumes–
These are autumn moments . . .
vividly in bloom.

Leaves raked high from autumn trees, fiery golds and reds–
Jumping deeply in the pile, covering our heads–
Darker mornings, shorter days, quicker “off-to-beds”–
These precious autumn moments
gently ‘round us tread.

Apple cider, hot or cold; homemade pumpkin pie–
Autumn scents through window screens; harvest time is nigh–
Fodder shocks and hayrides; scarecrows standing high–
These are autumn moments–
never let them die.


~Donna Arthur Downs



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