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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In Celebration of Summer.

from this morning's (almost dark) early morning walk
While I Am Writing a Poem to Celebrate Summer, the Meadowlark Begins to Sing 
Sixty-seven years, oh Lord, to look at the clouds,
the trees in deep, moist summer,  
daisies and morning glories
opening every morning 
their small, ecstatic faces -
Or maybe I should just say 
how I wish I had a voice
like the meadowlark's,  
sweet, clear, and reliably
slurring all day long  
from the fencepost, or the long grass
where it lives  
in a tiny but adequate grass hut
beside the mullein and the everlasting,  
the faint-pink roses
that have never been improved, but come to bud  
then open like little soft sighs
under the meadowlark's whistle, its breath-praise,

its thrill-song, its anthem, its thanks, its
alleluia. Alleluia, oh Lord.

~Mary Oliver
Hope your longest day of the year is a good one!

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8 Comments:

Blogger Carole Julius said...

Perfect for the summer solstice!

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017  
Blogger Vera said...

Beautiful! Thank you. Happy Solstice!

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017  
Blogger Bonny said...

Beautiful poem and beautiful daisies to accompany it! I love the lines about faint-pink roses that have never been improved then open like little soft sighs. I have a rose bush like that, and am so glad you shared Mary Oliver's perfect description. Thank you!

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017  
Blogger Honoré said...

Lovely...and was I ever surprised to learn that for us here in EDT,the solstice isn't until tomorrow!

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017  
Blogger Kym said...

So lovely! Happy solstice. XO

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017  
Blogger AsKatKnits said...

Beautiful! Happy solstice! XO

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017  
Blogger margene said...

Sixty-seven years! My age. Thank you for posting this perfect poem for the first day of summer.

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017  
Blogger Penny said...

What lovely pictures those words paint!

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017  

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