“Songs of Summer”

Geese on Pond, wc, jane kohut-bartels

A new poem, still forming.  Summer has been very bad and there is little good to say about the weather….but!  It does deserve some praise.

Lady Nyo


Summer cartwheels through the sky!

The fertility of months

Expressed from field to orchard,

Above in the sky, and deep below,

Where the earth gathers energy

And transforms by magic

Fruits for the mouth and eye.

Fledglings tipped out of nests

Try new-feathered wings on warm currents,

Calves butt heads and race in calf-tumble

Climbing rocks and playing king-of-the-hill,

Spring lambs past the date

For the tender-est  of slaughter

Coated in white curls,

The smell of lanolin strong in their wake.

There is fresh life in the pastures,

Now with steady legs and bawling lungs,

They graze upon the bounty

And grow fat for the future culling.

Tender shoots of wheat and corn,

Waist-high, defying devious crows,

Paint once-fallow fields in saffron and

A multitude of hues-

Golden tassels forming,

Waving under an oppressive sun,

And when the sky bursts open

In random welcomed rain,

Heaven meets Earth-

The cycle complete.

These are the songs of Summer.

The bleat of lambs,

The noise of colliding clouds,

The cymbals of fierce light,

The plaints of cows with full udders,

The loud quarrelling of a swollen brook,

The scream of a hunting hawk

Calling for its mate,

The pelt of an unheralded storm

Upon a tin roof,

And the quiet sighing of

An unexpected wind-

A benediction to the day.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010

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6 Responses to ““Songs of Summer””

  1. Margie Says:

    This matches both the mood, and the reality, of the past few weeks here in North Carolina! I see the scene that you have set very clearly. Nicely done!


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Oh Margie! Thank you.

    I’ve said so many bad things about Summer so far…and written a few “I Hate Summer” poems….lol…that I feel guilty.

    The season has so much bounty for us. Perhaps it’s just the humidity that makes us peckish?

    LOL! Thanks, Margie …for reading and commenting.


  3. Dan Holloway Says:

    This is lovely. I came here because was thinking about you earlier today, and your kindness helping me with my novel last year. I now have two completed books I’m pleased with (in one of which, if you remember, a character is reading a book of yours). Do let me know if you’d like me to send you copies – it’s the least I could do.
    I’m delighted to see this blog flourishing so.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Hello, Dan! And congratulations on your new two books!

    Yes, please! send me copies….I remember your novel (an my character’s involvement…lol!) and wondered what had happened in the publishing.

    But very good news for both of us! I just released (March) “The Zar Tales”….and hope sooner than January to release “White Cranes of Heaven” (poetry)

    My ‘kindness’ was rather slight if I remember correctly. But I am so glad you have surfaced here, and please come back and read and comment.

    So good to here from you. I remember being enchanted with your novel.



  5. Malcolm Miller Says:

    Beautiful painting, lovely poem!


  6. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Malcolm… The painting isn’t exactly summer, more early spring….

    but I liked the birds.

    I have been so nasty about summer this year; today heat index is 111 degrees…the highest I have ever seen. Bill Penrose suffers even higher temps.

    So, I thought for better karma I better say something good about summer while I can.



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