Poetry Friday is here–and Summer is, too!

“Summertime and the living is easy.”
George Gershwin

“We might think we are nurturing our gardens, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.”
Jenny Uglow

Summer in Maine is a gift, and I enjoy every moment of it. Back when I signed up to host, July seemed like a far away dream. Now spring blossoms are memories, the month is half over, and the specter of August hovers on the horizon. As much as a big part of me misses being at school with kids and colleagues, another part of me cringes at the thought of the start of the school year and the end of summer. There’s much I love about teaching, but the relentless pace of the days is NOT one of those things. “Autumn days and the living is easy,” sang NO teacher ever!

This week I decided to revisit an earlier prompt from Linda Mitchell and use Pat Schneider’s The Moon, Ten Times as a mentor poem again. I thought I’d put on my half-full glasses (half of July remains!) and focus on what I love about summer. It was tough to limit myself to ten things, and I omitted many much-beloved aspects of summer (fireflies, beach walks, birds, dragonflies, frogs, etc.). I’m also uncertain about the order–it’s rather haphazard, but perhaps that mimics the luxury of disorganized summer days, right? Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Summer, Ten Times

  1. Morning transformation
    bird song displaces
    the radio alarm
  2. Time warp
    hands rummage in rich earth
    hours vanish
  3. Baby Boom
    each day a new arrival
    in the garden
  4. Eau de Summer
    plush floral tones, fresh-mown lawns
    the scent of sun-dried sheets
  5. Verdant woods
    air shifts and pulses
    in sun-shafted spectrums of green
  6. The sweet tyranny
    of ripe berries
  7. Sparkles of laughter
    arc as high
    as the sprinkler’s spray
  8. Surprise!
    Dance parties
    in the center of the zinnias!
  9. Sun-lit windowsills
    dotted with geraniums
    and the occasional sleeping cat
  10. An ending and beginning:
    Spring’s coda
    Fall’s prelude

©Molly Hogan

So, what would be on your summer time list? I’d love to know! If you want to share, add your thoughts in the comments. In the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by the Roundup today. You can add your link here to participate:

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I’m posting this early as I am out of town until Friday evening. I may be able to read and comment here and there before then, but mostly I’ll be reading and commenting over the weekend.

54 thoughts on “Poetry Friday is here–and Summer is, too!

  1. Mitchell Linda says:

    oooooh! The sweet tyranny of those berries! Yum!
    What a fun and surprising poem to find here today. I love teaching too…but that feeling of starting from ground zero in August … having an inkling of how high a climb it is to June is not for the faint of heart. I’m so curious to see if the kids are the same or more challenging? I’m curious to see how many colleagues are “ready for the races” too.
    I read your slice from Tuesday and it made me smile. The real Molly IS enjoying summer. What a gift June and July really are. Thank you for the basket of goodies above. I don’t mind if I take another–that laughter lifting as high as the sprinkler looks particularly sweet. xo

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  2. Susan T. says:

    I like this poem so much! I wish I could cap summer in a bottle and save it; the first lines of your stanzas sound like great names for summer perfumes. Thank you for rounding up.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’ve often longed to capture the scent of my summer garden in a bottle. I love your thought about using the first lines of each stanza as perfume names. “Verdant woods” and “sparkles of laughter” are especially appealing to me. Thanks for that perspective! (I do wonder though what “sweet tyranny” would smell like! lol)

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  3. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, thank you for sharing a summer treat from Maine. I love your Summer Ten Times poem and hope to come up with something special from my new locale. There is much to love about summer: the slow- down pace is a big one as our the frogs croaking in the pond down the street. There is a serenade every night.

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting, Molly – especially while juggling being out of town! Every stanza of your poem made me smile… thanks for capturing summer magic with so many sensory delights. This summer, I particularly enjoyed seeing a woodsy yard full of fireflies (lightning bugs here, but that’s not as poetic!) at a family gathering place we just bought up near the mountains. So many blessings.
    Extra hugs to you and EVERY teacher this year….

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  5. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Molly, thank you for sharing. I love your use of senses in your Summer Ten Times poem. Rich images and fun! It’s hard to pick a favorite. I especially love “Morning transformation bird song displaces the radio alarm” and “Surprise! Dance parties in the center of the zinnias!” Yesterday, a monarch, a great fritillary, a white cabbage butterfly, and bumblebees were dancing in my garden! Today, I took a shower with my hose after killing gypsy moths and their egg sacks, gross & yuck, which reminded of running under the hose when I was a kid. Now that would be a GROSS poem! I hope your father is improving; I will send prayers.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’ve always been enchanted by the name “great fritillary” and your garden scene is delightful! I’m hoping to spend some spectator time in my garden soon, now that I’m back home. PS–I was in VT where the gypsy moths are EVERYWHERE! I’ve never seen anything like it–EW!

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  6. katswhiskers says:

    What a lovely poetry prompt. You’ve got my mind whirling with possibilities, now. Thank-you. And for hosting us, too. I love you kaleidoscope poem, and I like that the ‘disorganised order’ is a summer romp. I think I especially enjoyed your sweet tyranny of ripe berries. And the unexpectedness of two lines really highlights this one. (The third line is a mouthful of berries.😹) And I adore your dance parties in the zinnias!! For sure, I can relate to that yearning to hold onto every moment of summer holidays. Don’t even LOOK to the future. Blot that date out on your calendar.🙈

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  7. macrush53 says:

    Thank you for hosting. I love that Schneider poem and your number 7.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Jone! I remember those long ago sprinkler and slip-and-slide days with great fondness. Not much is better than the sound of kids’ laughter floating on the summer air.

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  8. #2! #6!! #8!!! Way to catch the mindful moments, Molly. Thanks for hosting and giving us a glimpse of a Maine summer.

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  9. Tabatha says:

    I especially like #7. My favorite things about summer would have to include the fruit and the lazy schedule. Thanks for hosting!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I agree–the lazy schedule is indeed one of the best things about summer. I start to feel frazzled when my calendar begins to fill, even if it’s with fun things. I enjoy the luxury of unplanned days!

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  10. This poem just made me breathe more deeply…thank you for such a celebration of summer and a lovely, inspiring writing prompt. My summer joys this week include so many raspberries (laughing at “tyrrany,” but YES)…and the fireflies and sunflowers and sun tea. Thank you for hosting, and enjoy every moment. There’s a lot left! xx

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  11. Marvelous post Molly, from images to music to your feel-good poem, I love it all!
    And your,
    “Sparkles of laughter
    arc as high
    as the sprinkler’s spray”
    BTW are those pics of your garden, what an enchanting place! Thanks for sharing all and hosting the roundup.

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  12. Denise Krebs says:

    Molly, I am happy to be back here for more Maine summer energy, after a lovely rowing adventure with you on Tuesday. There are so many summer times to love here. “Baby Boom” and “Sparkles of laughter” are my favorites this morning. I can see how you had a hard time stopping at ten. I would have to add something about the summertime fruits being ripe and the juice running down my chin and forearms. Summertime desserts.

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  13. A veritable cornucopia of summer delights are presented in your poem Molly, along with other summer salutes. As I am presently in winter, your words and pictures have warmed me considerably. I did enjoy the reference to the harvest rush with the line -‘The sweet tyranny of ripe berries.’ It brought to mind childhood memories of all the berries my father grew and how we were constantly needing to pick them -and sample them. Thanks for hosting.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      We have a saying around my house: “Jam waits for no man!” The berry-picking and jam-making window is dictated, but the results are oh-so-worth-it!

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  14. Elisabeth says:

    Thank you for hosting this week. The reminder about Pat Schneider’s poetry is particularly welcome for me in a busy week, in a busy summer.

    I love your poem about summer – the haphazardness is perfect – it reminds me of a summer walk, when you never know what sight or sound or smell will delight you next as you continue on your way.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m glad you liked the haphazard nature. I thought about revising, but hoped for the exact effect you described. It’s a summer luxury to be able to walk through a disorganized day.

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  16. maryleehahn says:

    Thanks for hosting! I love all you put in (right now, basil is my tyranny–so. much. pesto.) AND all you left out. The riches of summer. I feel you on the dread of the start of school. I promise not to gloat. Too much.

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  17. rosecappelli says:

    Your poem captures so many wonderful summer moments. I love #6 and #7 – the tyranny of berries and the laughter of children. And while I enjoyed reading your poem, the gift of Norah Jones singing “Summertime” filled my soul and brought warm memories. Thank you.

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  18. Dear Molly, I know what you mean about not being able to include all of summer’s wonders! So many of my poems are summer related. I particularly love your Eau de Summer. 🙂 I love not having to get any more dressed to take the dog out in early mornings or before bed. Thank you for hosting and for sharing your summer! xo

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  20. I can completely relate to these images, Molly – especially the birds and berries. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting!

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  21. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for hosting. I love this prompt and how it tells us who you are as you sit deeply into summer and feel the Joy of time.

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  22. Thanks for hosting! Love this summer glimpse! I had a summer in Maine many years ago and loved it! The blueberries, the lobster!

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  24. Molly, I love your summer list. You really enjoy nature and the outdoors, as do I! Ziinnas are a favorite! I also love the call of the loons (made it into my poem today) and the smell of cedar in the forest, as well as frogs croaking at night and the warmth of the sun on my face. I especially like your ending and how you brought some musical terms to the list. Thanks for hosting this week! ~ Carol ~

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Oh, you included some of my favorite things in your list! We could hear the loons at our old house, and I miss their call so much. The smell of cedar in the forest is another great summer joy. Here’s to soaking in every moment!

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  26. Love this, Molly. I’d add porch rockers, easing me into the day at dawn and out again at dusk. Thanks for hosting! P.S. My least favorite summer day? August 1st. Every day in August is a Sunday night.

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  28. Rebecca Herzog says:

    I love your list, especially the “Sweet tyranny of ripe berries”. I love the endless days at the beach and/or pool with my kiddos. Thanks for hosting.

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  29. Thank you for hosting us this week, Molly. Your summer poem is perfect–I especially love the ” sun-shafted spectrums of green.” My list would include time to get lost in a book, maybe on a beach, but anywhere will do!

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