Thursday, July 15, 2021

Of Summer's Day


Duty's marching orders can be quite relentless,
but hopefully not so much so that we forget
to 'sail away on summer's Day', now and then

Summer serves up its splash of sheaves
On silver platters made of leaves
A bloom-extravagant buffet
On counterpanes of Summer's Day...






Let’s put on smiles and sail away
Through glorious isles of Summer’s day
On seas of green and gold beneath
The gleam of heaven’s cobalt heath

Let's kick off shoes and wade through hues
Of wild-flower and welkin blues
Or we might miss the best there is
Of this old world, with much amiss  

Let’s pause without apology
Because of nature's Majesty
So many wonders to behold
Before the wings of summer fold

Before the songs of summer fade
Like youth, marching in a parade
That steals the vigor from their form
Like winter takes the world by storm

And we cannot return to climb
The hills of Once upon a Time
So, while the world is summer-young
And dew-drop-pearled and grandly flung

Like Creation’s magnum opus
From God to every one of us
Let’s linger where the landscape gleams
With lavender and lily-streams

With golden tides of rippling grain
With blush and rush of sun and rain
Where goldfinch flits and swallow skims
And lyrics lilt from leaf-lush limbs

And gardens burgeon with delight
That kindles healthy appetite
And makes our labor worth its toil
As seed begins to spill its spoil

To we, humbled to do our part
To glean earth’s gifts with thankful heart
Awed by His grace, aware of He
Who still creates with ‘let there be’

And sweetens creature-care with hymns
Where beauty’s ballad broods and brims
From founts of hollyhock and rose
Creation’s color-cadence flows

Through glorious isles of Summer’s Day
So, let’s don smiles and sail away
On seas of green and gold before
This sweep of summer is no more

Summer serves up its splash of sheaves
On silver platters made of leaves
A bloom-extravagant buffet
On counterpanes of Summer's Day



© Janet Martin




Rev.15:3
 “Great and marvelous are Your works, 
Lord God Almighty!
 Just and true are Your ways, 
O King of the saints!


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