Monday, June 21, 2010

...summer...

A poem about summer by Mary Oliver on this summer solstice.





Little Summer Poem Touching The Subject Of Faith

Every summer
I listen and look
under the sun's brass and even
into the moonlight, but I can't hear

anything, I can't see anything --
not the pale roots digging down, nor the green
stalks muscling up,
nor the leaves
deepening their damp pleats,

nor the tassels making,
nor the shucks, nor the cobs.
And still,
every day,

the leafy fields
grow taller and thicker --
green gowns lofting up in the night,
showered with silk.

And so, every summer,
I fail as a witness, seeing nothing --
I am deaf too
to the tick of the leaves,

the tapping of downwardness from the banyan feet --
all of it
happening
beyond any seeable proof, or hearable hum.

And, therefore, let the immeasurable come.
Let the unknowable touch the buckle of my spine.
Let the wind turn in the trees,
and the mystery hidden in the dirt

swing through the air.
How could I look at anything in this world
and tremble, and grip my hands over my heart?
What should I fear?

One morning
in the leafy green ocean
the honeycomb of the corn's beautiful body
is sure to be there.

~Mary Oliver







7 comments:

  1. wow. the flowers in that last pic are amazing...love the feel of her poem as well...happy solstice.

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    Pat said...

    Are those purple daisies? Gorgeous!

    Perfect poem for the first day of summer! The corn is growing like, well WEEDS! We've gotten a lot of rain in IL and it appears like the corn is growing an inch a day!

    June 21, 2010 8:29 PM

    Are those purple daisies? Gorgeous! Perfect poem for the first day of summer! The corn is growing like, well WEEDS! We've gotten a lot of rain in IL and it appears like the corn is growing an inch a day!

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  3. Beautiful Bonnie....the words and pictures! That very last one just drew me in...stunning deep shot! How are ya hon?? Hugs, Sarah

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  4. "green gowns lofting up in the night,
    showered with silk. "

    How lovely is that? Summer Solstice. Such a favorite time of year for me. I so love summer.

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  5. The 'tree limb' photo has a peaceful quality, Bonnie. It looks like maybe a Walnut Tree or a Tree-of-Heaven! Lovely flowers too!

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  6. How lovely Bonnie. I especially love the first photo and the color combination. Breathtaking!

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