“Songs of Summer”…….and Happy July 4th! Our Independence Day.


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 green 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 sweet 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 cymbals of colliding clouds,
The noise of fierce light,
The plaints of cows with udders taunt,
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, 2007-2014

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4 Responses to ““Songs of Summer”…….and Happy July 4th! Our Independence Day.”

  1. Caliban's Sister Says:

    “the smell of lanolin sweet in their wake”? how LOVELY is that! Happy 4th Jane, and thanks for another wonderful poem. love CS


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi CS!

    I actually posted this poem thinking of you and your lovely comment about a poem of mine being “Wordsworthian”. LOL!

    I have read little of Wordsworth, but you inspire me to do more.

    This is rather pastoral for poetry…but that is ok. I had a lamb when I was a kid, and I know what they smell like. I think that is ok to use, as long as you can back it up with experience. LOL!

    I noticed there were only a small section of Nature poems in “Pitcher of Moon”, and most of the remaining poems are more “contemplative’ for lack of a better word right now. I was focusing on the personal journey, or humanity in general, and that was fine for then. But now! It’s a beautiful summer, and though it has started out pretty hot, the greenery is still fresh on the trees, and the miracle that grass grows with dogs at all, well, these things are what draw me to any poetry right now.

    I was raised in a pre-Revolutionary area, and remember well the rural pursuits and scene. We live in an environment no w where children don’t know the origins of fruit and they are the poorer for it.

    Thank you, dearheart CS, for reading this and your comment. Means a lot to me.

    Love, Jane


  3. Caliban's Sister Says:

    Hi Jane, I’m actually not a huge fan of Wordsworth, he tends toward a sentimentalizing of nature that always feels a little patronizing. BUT, when it comes to how nature triggers memory for us, no one is better. I think your poetry is a little Wordsworthian in its commitment to the natural world, but I think you’re better at the surprising turns and refusal to anthropomorphize. I like yours better. No kidding!


  4. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Well, when you consider when he was writing, and the industrialization of the countryside, (along with Constable, Hardy) you can understand the ‘why’ of it; his sentimentalization of nature.

    I don’t know whether we have grown lazy or what, but longggg poetry doesn’t hold our interest. And he is of the genre where long is standard.

    Plus, this religious “We Inherit the Earth, and are Dominion over it all” stuff was prime then….and in some circumstances is still now. Humanity learns slowly, if it learns at all.

    Since I was born and raised in a rural area, the pastoral seems right…at least on nature. But we pull from a lot of life experiences for our poetry and nature is just one for me, and probably the most important.

    Thank you, CS….for reading and your insightful comments.

    xx, Jane


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