“Songs of Summer”

May Roses 2

It is the first day of Summer, yet for the past two weeks, it seems Summer has been upon us.  A gorgeous day, gentle winds from the east, cotton candy clouds floating high above. The trees, these huge oaks and pecans, are in full summer dress, and the grapes on our fence are already dime- sized and an opaque green.  We hear the chatter of birds before dawn breaks, and wake up in an urban area that still has much of the environment of the distant countryside.  The tree frogs bellow at dusk. The soft wind is a welcome benediction to the day.

Lady Nyo




Summer cartwheels through the sky!

The fertility of months

From field to orchard,

Above in  sky, and deep below,

Where 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 tenderest of slaughter

Coated in white curls,

Smells 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, defy 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, sharpened 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, 2011-2016

“Songs of Summer” was originally published in the author’s “White Cranes of Heaven”, Lulu.com, 2011.

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3 Responses to ““Songs of Summer””

  1. phoartetry Says:

    Magnificance of summer. Enjoyed!
    Is the photo of your garden?

    Jane I will be taking a pause from WordPress, surgery tomorrow.



  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Connie. Thank you for reading and your comment. Summer is magnificent indeed! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Connie. May your recovery be swift, but most important, may you rest comfortably. My very best to you. Love, Jane


  3. ladynyo Says:

    Yes, the photo is of my front yard. I have about 40 roses here, and after decades of growing them…..the patio roses from Home Depot are the easiest! LOL! I have David Austin roses here, and have for years, and the English roses are lovely, but I only do English climbers now. They are easiest. The white rose in the photo I planted decades ago when the sister of my sisterinlaw killed herself. She was a mother of two daughters, and gay. Her husband was some sort of pastor, and she was hounded to death by her extended family for being gay. That rose was a climber, but I didn’t know it. It is named “The Token Rose” after her. Blooms earliest and lasts until frost. Beautiful peach buds that open flat to a creamy white. May Token know that she was loved, if not by her intolerant family, by those who care.


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