The Crayon Month

    “The Crayon Month,” Friend, Oct. 2003, 20

    The Crayon Month

    A rebus

    Picture story

    Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

    A brand new box of crayons that’s opened every year,

    October is God’s gift to us when winter’s drawing near.

    * * *

    Red apples in big bushels, brown acorns for squirrels to hide.

    We bring home orange pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns or pie.

    * * *

    Black crows are in the cornfield. Gold wheat soon fills the barn.

    Green leaves turn gold and purple. Plump cats sleep in the sun.

    * * *

    Loud geese fly south across the moon; silver starlight paints the creek.

    Pink cheeks greet chilly mornings; gray fog plays hide and seek.

    * * *

    Marshmallows in my cocoa, white clouds in skies so blue—

    I just love October! Don’t just love it, too?