“Signs of Fall” By Avantika Thyagarajan

When you wake up for school and the sun hasn’t even risen,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When you walk home and the leaves crunch and crackle under your feet,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When it’s too cold to be summer but too sunny to be winter,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When red, yellow, brown, and orange leaves litter the streets,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When kids walk around in costumes trick-or-treating,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When the air fills with the smells of cinnamon, pumpkins, and spices

That’s how you know it’s fall

When bulbous pumpkins and apple cider sit on the side of the road waiting to be bought,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When families have big meals together with turkey and mashed potatoes,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When honking birds soar across the sky in a V formation,

That’s how you know it’s fall

When farms sprout with fresh vegetables ready to be harvested,

That’s how you know it’s fall

 

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