[Easy English Blog] A poem for autumn

What season is it where you are?
Is it the start of fall?

Whenever I think of the start of autumn I think of this poem by Emily Dickinson.

The morns are meeker than they were –

The morns are meeker than they were –
The nuts are getting brown –
The berry’s cheek is plumper –
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf –
The field a scarlet gown –
Lest I sh’d be old-fashioned
I’ll put a trinket on.

Maybe it seems difficult to understand, but we can talk about that.

It is the beginning of autumn. So the days are shorter. The mornings are “meeker”.

“Meek” means quiet and respectful.

So she is writing that the sun comes up later and the days are shorter.

It is fall, so the nuts and berries are almost ready for eating.

Roses bloom in spring and summer. It is fall now, so there are no roses.

But the leaves of the maple trees are changing colour and other trees and plants already have red leaves.

So Emily Dickinson thinks that she must be smarter or more colourful.

So she says she will put a trinket (accessory) on. This might be a brooch or a necklace.
Poems like this are fun to read aloud. Why don’t you try it?