Fall Treats Poem Drive & Contest!

It all began with a poetry submission in 2010 by Jessy Randall that Kerri went nuts–or cookies–for:

O Oreo

You taste best
a little soggy.

Inspired by the poem, Kerri and Colleen and Shannon hatched a plan for a Halloween-themed Candy-Cookie Poem Drive–a collection of 3-lined poems written by YARN readers about their favorite candy or cookie, posted to the YARN Facebook page.

Last year in 2011, we kicked it up a notch and made it a Contest won by Annie Donworth Chikamatsu.

Image courtesy of TowerGirl (flickr.com)

This year, inspired by three yummy poems about apples, we’re expanding the “sweets” idea to include any treat you might enjoy in the fall–candy and cookies, of course, but also apples, pumpkins, cider donuts, and oh, we could go on.  The “treat” just has to be edible and particularly delicious from September to November.

It’s still a CONTEST with the prize of a $25 Gift Certificate to the Local, Preferably Independent Bookstore of Your Choice.  Maybe you’ll select something from our BFSRE?

This is how it works:

  • Starting Monday, October 15
  • post a 3-line poem about your favorite fall treat to the Comments section of this very page, and make sure we can see an email address as part of your post.
  • Continue posting poems as long as you like through the fall, but if you want to enter the Contest portion of the Drive, you must submit by Sunday, October 28 @ 5pm.
  • Winner of the Contest will be announced on Halloween!

Have fun!  Can’t wait to eat–ahem, read–your poems!

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  1. Kerri says:

    “Mirror, Mirror”

    E says pumpkin, and I think latte.
    She says cider, and I think donut.
    Who looks better in her apple-colored cords?

  2. Christina Philbert says:

    An apple pie is
    A perfect marriage of sweet and spice,
    A nostalgic expression of everything nice.

  3. Amy E. says:

    Leaves the shades of apple skins
    melt into the earth, emit
    the smell of gold and dirt and pine.

  4. Bronwyn says:

    “Candy Corn Haiku”

    Orange and white – black too
    Your grainy sugar so good
    Bite and eyes roll back

  5. Elena U. says:

    Salutations to Autumn!
    Juice an apple in a cup,
    Add some cinnamon and drink it up!

  6. Lisa P. says:

    Treat–or Trick? (a haiku)

    Small box of raisins
    In my Halloween pumpkin:
    Sadistic neighbor.

  7. Kathryn says:

    Orange wrapper pealed back to reveal
    peanut butter embraced by chocolate,
    the ambrosia of American life.

  8. Chris Marchello says:

    Candy Corn

    We pluck it from plastic bins, each caramelized kernel
    a sugary seed we plant, praying those lush, summer
    stalks will spring up, just for a moment, inside us.

  9. Dear caramel crunch,
    thanks a bunch,
    You really make the sweetest lunch.

  10. driving home the longest way possible
    through the city park; dazzled by the trees
    stolen fire from the sun

  11. Jamie U. says:

    You and I can avoid Autumn by our summer love
    we laugh, intertwined, pumpkin pie in our mouths
    crust crumbling too quick – like the harsh October dusk.

  12. Jamie U. says:

    Note: my above poem is entitled, “As Easy As Pie”.

  13. Lourdes says:

    “Fall Request”

    pumpkin flavored coffee cannot exist,
    unless there are
    candy corn flavored cupcakes.

  14. Ivana says:

    “Semper Fi”

    There is nothing sweeter
    Than when you and I
    Bake a delicious apple pie

  15. Sarah M says:

    What I love most,
    Chocolate and peanut butter,
    Is never having to decide.

  16. Angie says:

    Crisp apple gush of
    sweet juice and love
    for days long past

  17. Steven Ostrowski says:

    Another Kind of Gift

    In late fall the bruise-colored sky
    bellies down almost to your eyes.
    The winds like horns blow change.

  18. Maxie says:

    Bakes apple treats–the taste of family
    gathered on occasion, to meet, greet,
    and sample sweet slices of life.

  19. Kate Reddy says:

    I have eaten the Halloween candy that was in the refrigerator
    and which you were probably saving for trick or treaters.
    Forgive me, the Snickers were so sweet and cold.

  20. Jonathan says:

    Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie,
    I would certainly die,
    For a piece of pumpkin pie

  21. Jonathan says:

    ^^ “Pumkin Pie” ^^

  22. Nicole Panteleakos says:


    No pumpkin, candy, apple treat
    Tastes as sickeningly sweet
    As the brain’s delicious meat

  23. “Carmel Apple Spice”

    Drinking apple pie
    washes away the wet chill
    of long Autumn nights.

  24. Teresa Reid says:


    Maple lava on hotcakes,
    now surrounding my eggs.
    Pour some on me, my bacon begs.

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