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