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Image by Caroline Forbes

Autumn Gilt

Autumn Gilt

The late September sunshine
Lime green on the linden leaves
Burns bronze on the slated roof-tops,
Yellow on the farmer's last sheaves.

It flares flame-like on the fire hydrant,
Is ebony on the blackbird's wing,
Blue beryl on the face of the ocean,
Glints gold on the bride's wedding ring.

A sparkling rainbow on the stained-glass window,
It's a silver sheen on the kitchen sink,
The late September sunshine
Is a chameleon, I think.


from Let Me Touch the Sky (Macmillan Children's Books, 2000), copyright © Valerie Bloom 2000, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Valerie Bloom Reading from her Poems

1Autumn Gilt

2Granny Is

3Swinging

4The River

5Pinda Cake

6De

7I'm Not A Kid

8Let's Go Play Football

9Associations

10Heather

11De Bread Van

12Kisko Pop

13Mummy, Are You Blind?

14Time

15Two Seasons

16Sandwich

17Something Comes

18Scared of the Dark

19Next Door's Cat

20Frost

21Guidance

22Whose Dem Boots

23Tables

24Mega Star Rap

25Chicken Dinner

26Tall Tales

27Chicken Poxed

28Haircut Rap

29Baffled Turkey

30Eat Your Veg

31Fruits

32Who Dat Girl?

33The Old House

34My Brother Helps Out

35We Don't Believe

36The Tall Ships

37Don' Ride No Coconut Bough Down Dere

38What Am I?

39My Sister Thinks I'm Hopeless

40Riddle 1

41Riddle 2

42Duppy Jamboree

Books by Valerie Bloom