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Reading Comprehension
Volume 3, Number 4, September 29, 1997


It’s nice to see you; don’t you know
Your chilly brightness makes me smile?
You paint my world, you make it glow;
It’s good that you can stay awhile.

You bring the apples, fresh and real,
And pumpkins dress each roadside stand.
The tastes, the smells, the sights, the feel -
You spread excitement through the land.

You whisper to the fading light,
Or howl and toss the leaves around.
You sometimes brush the landscape white
And greet the day without a sound.

You hold my hand, and then we’ll part,
But I’m prepared for winter’s cold.
You’ve left your spirit in my heart;
I’ve learned the lessons that you’ve told.

1. The poem is addressed to __________________.

2. Why does the world seem painted?

3. Can you think of any sights, sounds, smells, tastes, or things you feel that would fit in a poem on this topic?

4. What does the line, “You sometimes brush the landscape white,” refer to.

5. What “lessons” might the author have learned?

6. This poem uses a technique called personification. What does that mean? If you’re not sure, look it up in the dictionary and then explain how personification was used in the poem.

7. Draw an illustration to the right of the poem.

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