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View from the Mountaintop
Pat Brisson

I've always liked the autumn best –
such vigor before winter's rest,
such color blazing through the land,
such coolness after heat feels grand.
And at the age that I have reached
the autumn has so much to teach:
the ending time is lurking near –
go out with courage, have no fear -
let colors shine while there is light,
when day is gone, then seize the night.


© by Pat Brisson.
Used with the author’s permission.


Pat Brisson is a former elementary school teacher, school librarian, and reference librarian in a public library. She has been writing picture books and easy-to-read chapter books for almost thirty years and
has received the N. J. Governor's Volunteer Award in Human Services for her philanthropic work. Pat lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey; learn more about her at




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Nabby Dog:
This is a poem of both wisdom and charm, an absolute delight on a November morning. "Let colors shine while there is light ..." I could not agree more!
Posted 11/15/2013 09:10 AM
Love this! One of those to memorize and recite with joy!!
Posted 11/15/2013 08:47 AM
Carol Hauer:
Full of vigor!
Posted 11/15/2013 08:26 AM
A refreshing modern dose of rhyme and meter, well done. Thanks.
Posted 11/15/2013 07:57 AM
Just when I think I'm full up of all the autumn poems to love (it's my favorite season), you share things like Adelaide Crapsey's and this lovely, celebratory-while-still-melancholy poem today. Just beautiful.
Posted 11/15/2013 05:00 AM
Ross Kightly:
Marvellous! There is a lot of balancing up to do about night and this poem goes quite a way toward that correction. What a pleasure.
Posted 11/15/2013 04:23 AM

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