Fall Writing Frenzy

Earlier this month, I entered a writing contest called Fall Writing Frenzy. Contestants were given a choice of fall-themed images to choose from and told to write anything the image conjured in our minds. There were no writing restrictions, other than word count. Stories could be sweet, sentimental, funny, creepy, etc., just not longer than 200 words. It was such a fun contest and really got me into the fall spirit. I also met three new critique partners and we have formed a critique group we aptly named “Frenzy Friends”. Learn more about the Fall Writing Frenzy here. https://lydialukidis.wordpress.com/fall-writing-frenzy-contest-2020/

I based my story on Image #8 (see below).

I’m Thankful!-Image #8 

By Jessica Hinrichs
Word count: 195

The thrill of fall is in the air,

The summer’s last goodbye.

A little boy runs out to play

Beneath the autumn sky.

A pile of crunchy leaves looks fun,

So amber, yellow, gold.

A frolic, jump, and last hurrah,

Before the air turns cold.

No homework and a week off school!

Terrific! This is living!

Deliriously overjoyed,

He’s bursting with thanksgiving!

“I’m thankful for my Mom and Dad,

My uncles, aunts, and cousins,

My Grandma and my Grandpa, and

My best friends by the dozens.

I’m thankful for a hayride on 

A chilly autumn day. 

I’m thankful for the pumpkin pie

My Mom baked yesterday.

I’m thankful for hot cocoa and 

For apple cider, too. 

I’m thankful for amusement parks 

And field trips to the zoo.

I’m thankful for the stack of books 

The library lets me borrow,


I’m thankful for the turkey that 

We’re going to eat tomorrow!”

The sun has set, as evening fades, 

So back inside he goes 

To sit beside the fire, read 

A book, and warm his toes.

Content and cozy, grateful heart,

He’s filled with festive cheer.

This thankful spirit, he resolves

To keep throughout the year.



  1. This is a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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  2. Mossie Goodin says:

    Sweet and beautiful! My precious daughter, what a talent you have! Mom

    Liked by 1 person

  3. David Goodin says:

    Love it! A very immersive telling!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Wonderful rhyme and meter, Jessica! You painted a lovely picture of thankfulness and the beauty of autumn! Love the line: last hurrah, before the air turns cold.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jill!


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