September 23, 2023
Younger Writers Venture: Fall – VTDigger

Young Writers Venture is a inventive on-line group of teenybopper writers, photographers, and artists, based mostly in Vermont since 2006. Every week, VTDigger options the writing and artwork of younger Vermonters who publish their work on, a free, interactive web site for youth 12-18 years outdated. To seek out out extra, go to, or contact Govt Director Susan Reid at [email protected]; 802-324-9538.

One second, the bushes are lit aflame; one blink later, the ashes of winter are falling from the sky. No season ever appears to go as shortly as fall — but therein lies its paradoxical magnificence. This week’s featured author, Wendell Durham of Thetford Middle, observes the fleeting evanescence of autumn from his hearth.

Younger Writers Venture: Fall – VTDigger
“The Orchard” by Emilia Williams, 15, of Thetford Middle.

By Wendell Durham, 14, of Thetford Middle

Autumn is tentative at first. It comes as a odor within the daybreak hours of the primary cool mid-August day. It is recent, like new leather-based and ice; it brings promise, and a warning: It isn’t lengthy you’ve gotten earlier than the icy chilly engulfs you. Stack your firewood below the eaves, clear the ashes out of your fire, forged your coat upon the hook, harvest your squash after first frost — winter is on its manner.

In early September, autumn brings rain. The skies pour down, drenching the summer-parched land. The day is available in late September when on an early morn you don your flannel and step exterior, solely to comprehend one of many bushes in your yard has caught fireplace, and the autumn blaze has begun.

Over the following few weeks, the fireplace spreads, casting its blazing glory upon the woods. Because the leaves start to drop, the promise made in August proves true: The air chills with the naked bushes and the fires blink out within the night. The geese take be aware and fly; the grass withers and dies. In time, snow will fly and light-weight will disguise, the vacations will come and go. 

For now, I’ll sit in my armchair by the fireplace, watching the world change.

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