Monday, September 24, 2012

Hello and a big welcome to Fall all of you dear Bluebell Readers.
Can you feel it? The nights have a nip to them, the sky is clearer and leaves are starting their lazy descent to the ground in full color glory. Yes, another summer is just a memory. So we are now enjoying Autumn and all the delights it brings. I thought a poem about that would be just the thing!
Today's selection comes from a renowned writer both in the area of adult and children's literature, Judith Viorst.
Among Viorst's books for children is the "Alexander" series (including "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible; No Good, Very Bad Day", whose narrator is a 5-year-old boy who lives with his parents and two brothers, Anthony and Nick named for Viorst's own three sons.

Viorst's book 'Sad Underwear' is a collection of poems that examines a wide variety of feelings and experiences from a child's point of view.

Viorst's books for adults include nonfiction psychology books such as "Grown-up Marriage", Imperfect Control, Necessary Losses, and People and other Aggravations. Viorst is also a newspaper columnist and has written frequently for The New York Times and The Washington Post and has been a contributing editor to Redbook magazine

She received the 2011 Foremother Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Research Center For Women & Families.

So enjoy the enjoy this sweet little poem and then go out and savor the season!
All the best to each of you,

Summer's End
By Judith Viorst

One by one the petals drop
There's nothing that can make them stop.
You cannot beg a rose to stay.
Why does it have to be that way?

The butterflies I used to chase
Have gone off to some other place.
I don't know where. I only know
I wish they didn't have to go.

And all the shiny afternoons
So full of birds and big balloons
And ice cream melting in the sun Are done.
I do not want them done