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Strip by: Mr. Skullhead

{Garfield's walking along contentedly; surrounded by blowing leaves}
Garfield: "Nature's first green is gold her hardest hue to hold."
Garfield: "Her early leaf's a flower; but only so an hour."
Garfield: "Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief."
{Garfield has now stopped, and is looking down on the leaves}
Garfield: "So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay."
{A large VOOOO sound effect}
{Jon is shown holding a leaf blower. Garfield's fur has been blown off. The leaves are gone}
Garfield: I doubt Robert Frost would have penned any loving odes to leaf blowers.

The author writes:

This is the original unedited strip as it appeared in my local newspaper. The strip as it appears in the Garfield archive, and in the "Garfield's Sunday Finest" book, is completely different. The poem is changed, and Garfield just says poets, instead of Robert Frost, in the last panel. I wonder why it was changed? Are Robert Frost's poems copyrighted?

Now that it's fall, I thought it was a good time to send this in.

Faux original strip: 2002-10-20.

Original strip: 2002-10-20.