Friday, October 12, 2012

Poetry Friday: The Autumn Wind

The Autumn Wind
The Autumn wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
Swaggering boisterously.
His face is weatherbeaten.
He wears a hooded sash
With a silver hat about his head
And a bristling black mustache.
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold.
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold.
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you 'round and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won.

 - Steve Sabol

Steve Sabol and his father Ed revolutionized how we view professional sports in America with their company, NFL Films. Steve died last month at the age of 69. One of his most memorable pieces was this poem that he wrote in 1974 for a film about the Oakland Raiders football team. For students who aren't normally drawn to the study of poetry, this might not be a bad start to show that anything can be the subject of a poem. 

Check out Poetry Friday with Betsy at Teaching Young Writers


  1. Hi, Jeff. We are big football fans, so I loved this post and the poem. Too bad the Raiders are not as hot as pirate books for children are right now! Did you know our Baltimore Ravens are the only NFL team with a literary name?

    1. Are there any other professional sports teams with a literary name? We should try to create a list of proposed names. I think Marauding Maps would not be a bad name. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Hi Jeff, I loved what you said about this poem inspiring kids to write about just about anything, really. It's also a good read-aloud, I think. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  3. I can echo Myra and say this would be a great poem to read aloud to my kindergartners. Great share.


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