Seasonal Poem

Seasons Ebb Away 

As I sat on my back porch in my rocking chair today, I could see, feel and smell summer ebbing away.

I could hear the wind blowing softly through the trees. I could even see a few falling leaves.

I can tell by the shorter days that fall is on the way. The hot, lazy days of summer aren’t going to stay.

Blissful spring has come and gone.
The remaining days of sleepy summer won’t last long.

Glorious fall colors will soon appear.
But, like the flowers of summer they will disappear.

Winter will follow the fall as it always has.
Spring, summer and fall are again
Part of the past.

People can be compared to the seasons.
They are born, bloom, and ebb away.
Like spring, summer, and fall they cannot stay.

Winter will come as it always does.
If we are blessed, we have experienced the
seasons at their best.

JENNY KELLEY

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Using Poems to Improve English Language Reading

April is National Poetry Month. Reading Poetry is an excellent way to learn new vocabulary and to improve reading skills. Here is an example of a poem that may be good for learning some spring vocabulary.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud 

BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

 

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

 

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed—and gazed—but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

 

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

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