Seasonal poetry

The Bridges: Our Smarts program for middle-school students and older adults includes a lesson on poetry. A small group of seventh-grade students and their older friends created this acrostic poem about autumn.

Autumn & Fall: Acrostic Poems

Poets: Casey, Zac, Voreen & Royce


Unusual colors

Time adjustment

Under bare trees

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

New school year

Falling into the leaves

Autumn seasons

Labor Day

Love the Turkey

After this lesson, a volunteer, Peggy, brought in this wonderful poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson and gave a copy to each student:

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and

to endure the betrayal of false friends.

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better

whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.


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