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Poetry Sunday-August Days





August Days 



The fairy lights have all gone out,

The darkness lingers now.

Summer’s vacation is ending soon

As she takes her final bow.



No, I will not think of that time.

No, now I will rejoice for such,

Are the warm, quiet August days

I treasure oh so much.



 © Donna Donabella 2015




In August I start to see less and less critters in the garden.  The fireflies are gone, and darkness comes sooner each day as we move toward fall.  But still there is a peaceful, quiet in the garden as August lingers.




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sunflower collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.



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Special Note:  The sunflower pictures are from a sunflower that comes back every year.  In The Language of Flowers, sunflowers are a symbol happiness.  The picture below is of my garden behind the picket fence in all its August blooms.




I leave you with a few additional words about August Days.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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  1. August 16, 2015    

    I like this time of summer….the children will be going back to school soon and things seem to mellow out after the crazy summer scheduling.

    • August 19, 2015    

      I agree the summer is so much calmer now…time just floating by!

  2. x x
    August 16, 2015    

    Well, we are back to school already. And the kids go back tomorrow.
    But I hear you. We can lose the moment in the anticipation of what is happening next.

    • August 19, 2015    

      Wow already! School starts here after Labor Day!

  3. August 16, 2015    

    beautiful…love how she hangs her adorable little head…slowly fading…

    • August 19, 2015    

      She is adorable Robin! Glad you enjoyed Summer’s August poem.

  4. August 16, 2015    

    Wise and lovely; for it is, indeed, best to embrace the wonderful… since the other bit will arrive in due time, anyway.

    • August 19, 2015    

      Absolutely Magaly. Embracing summer’s heat as it will be gone soon enough.

  5. August 16, 2015    

    I’ve noticed how a breeze of autumn feeling has swept through.. yet it’s an interesting part of the year.

    • August 19, 2015    

      We went from fall breezes back to summer again…enjoy the moments Nataša.

  6. August 16, 2015    

    August days are definitely ones to treasure…but it is sad to think about how the days are winding down & things are heading toward fall..

    • August 19, 2015    

      Yes the melancholy time of summer ending soon Mary….August is hot now so I am basking in the heat as the cold will be here soon enough!

  7. August 16, 2015    

    Beautiful! I enjoyed your poems and your photos, thank you Donna. Have a happy Sunday 🙂

    • August 19, 2015    

      Thanks Denise…so glad you enjoyed the poem!

  8. August 16, 2015    

    You are truly the mistress of creating magic when it comes to poems related to Nature 🙂
    Beautifully executed 😀

    Lots of love,

    • August 19, 2015    

      Oh Sanaa you are so sweet to say so! Nature is my muse….it is so easy to create poetry when nature just gives me so many lines so easily! Thank you!

  9. August 16, 2015    

    I am treasuring each day too ~ Enjoyed the summer reflections ~

  10. August 16, 2015    

    beautiful photos & poem as always…

  11. August 16, 2015    

    Aaah august shall stay

    • August 19, 2015    

      I agree let’s keep August many more days!

  12. August 16, 2015    

    These August days slip away too quickly and I plan to enjoy each day come what may..Today the sun is bright and I plan to get out to enjoy it’s warmth. Have a lovely day!

    • August 19, 2015    

      I am with you Truedessa…enjoying each warm and hot day!

  13. August 16, 2015    

    I was just thinking of how well August treats us .. The warmth and gentleness is so thing else. Something to enjoy despite it smells of ends.

    • August 19, 2015    

      I am hoping I can hang onto the summer smells before I catch the faint smells of autumn Bjorn.

  14. August 16, 2015    

    Beautiful expression of the feeling in the air right now 🙂

  15. CC CC
    August 16, 2015    

    Like the imagery here…the fairy lights and “she takes her final bow.”

    • August 19, 2015    

      Thanks CC. I enjoyed writing this from Summer’s perspective.

  16. August 16, 2015    

    Love those sunflowers. A blaze to warm your hands and heart on.
    And, while I am always glad to see summer depart, and autumn begin to blaze, summer brings us beauty too. A lovely reminder that the moment is enough. More than enough, a gift.

    • August 19, 2015    

      I agree Soosie, a gift! Those sunflowers are a gift too….

  17. August 16, 2015    

    …and as she takes her final bow with you she’s coming on to us – Yippee!! So all’s good in the world, send her over we can’t wait to see her!
    Wren x

    • August 19, 2015    

      I am not ready to send her yet Wren…but soon enough she will be there for you! 🙂

  18. August 16, 2015    

    There is magic in each phase of every season. I love watching them roll by, each so lovely.

    • August 19, 2015    

      I couldn’t agree more Sherry! Each season is to be celebrated!

  19. August 16, 2015    

    “End of summer makes me wistful….” (A beautiful line, from one of Ase’s poems, Åse Faugstad) a lovely time of year.

    • August 19, 2015    

      Perfectly said….I love that from line from Ase! Thanks for sharing it….

  20. August 16, 2015    

    luv the way you describe this transition, lovely images conjoured

    thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love…

    • August 19, 2015    

      Yes gillena the transition from summer to fall will be upon us soon.

  21. August 16, 2015    

    Really lovely work.

  22. August 16, 2015    

    Summer is still in full swing here. At least in the garden. We are at the height of butterfly season and the garden is still full of blooms and insects. Our lack of rain has made things dry and given the feeling of autumn since some of the trees are dropping leaves due to drought. I saw the first fuzzy caterpillar so I know fall is just around the corner. Are you enjoying the wind down of summer and the excitement of fall? I adore your sunflower photo!

    • August 19, 2015    

      Thanks Karin….August surprised us and we are back to hot, humid, stormy weather….and monarchs in the garden although I have found no cats, but I have so many milkweed plants it would be hard to see them…..lucky you having all those butterflies. Here’s to more summer!

  23. August 16, 2015    

    bittersweet poem Donna – i also like the transition stage. it rained today in Japan so i thought summer’s ending soon.

    You are definitely correct – the quieter days of summer are lovely

    • August 19, 2015    

      Raining here too but they are summer storms still…and it heated up so that transition is going to be a wild ride and summer is not giving in yet totomai!

  24. August 17, 2015    

    Lovely words, Donna … and how wonderful to have fireflies. We have a few (a very few) glowworms in my neck of the woods, but I have yet to see one. To everything there is a season, but I do feel a special attachment to early summer … ! Our leaves are beginning to turn already and there are conkers growing on the trees. But it is warm and bright today, and I hope there may be butterflies!

    • August 19, 2015    

      Since we have the meadow, the fireflies are in the hundreds for a couple of months…now they are gone as we see summer ending….how interesting to have glowworms…would love to see those Caroline! Wishing you many warm days filled with butterflies….

  25. August 17, 2015    

    One would still rejoice and would not want it to end. Basking in the last throes of summer to enjoy as much of what little was there!


    • August 19, 2015    

      Agreed Hank…bask in each summery moment that is left!

  26. August 17, 2015    

    That feeling of sadness at the change of seasons is prompted by two things; the onset of less favorable weather and hardship to come as well as the counting of our own days telling us we only have so much time.

    • August 19, 2015    

      Absolutely agree Robin…I especially am not looking forward to 4 or more months of snow!

  27. August 17, 2015    

    enjoyed reading your lovely poem. 🙂
    it’s just hot or rainy weather over here in the tropics.

    • August 19, 2015    

      Hot and rainy here now too! So I will have some tropical summery weather for a little while longer. Glad you enjoyed the poem!

  28. August 17, 2015    

    I favor this time of year and you paint it well with your words and images,


    • August 19, 2015    

      Thanks Elizabeth…I enjoy painting with words….

  29. August 17, 2015    

    Wow, I love your flowers behind the picket fence ~ a magazine picture! And the sunflower is still graceful as she takes her final bow.

    • August 19, 2015    

      Thanks Loredana…high praise indeed!

  30. August 17, 2015    

    oh so glad you upturned the mood as August ploughs ahead – – though I confess to feeling somewhat panicked as to where summer fled to p.s. the sunflower image is magical

    • August 19, 2015    

      Thanks Laura that is wonderful praise as I admire your photography. Summer is still sticking around here!

  31. August 18, 2015    

    I think everything is much later in the UK and so mine are still in full flower


    • August 19, 2015    

      Lots of sunflowers surprising us too as the weather turned hot again! Love sunflowers Molly!

  32. ZQ ZQ
    August 18, 2015    

    Wonderful as usual. But… the sun flower picture, I couldn’t help but see the beauty (artfully erotic) or is it only me ?

    • August 19, 2015    

      I had not thought of it that way but I can see it! ;D

  33. August 18, 2015    

    Yes Summer will take a bow soon, but not quite yet.

    • August 19, 2015    

      Agreed….summer has reasserted herself here too!

  34. August 22, 2015    

    Boy did August bring the heat in the upper 90’s. Hope you have had a better August than I have experience in PA. Your poem is beautiful, a wonderful way with words….

    • August 22, 2015    

      Hot, humid and stormy here….so glad you enjoyed the poem Donna!

  35. August 29, 2015    

    Lovely expression here

    • August 29, 2015    

      Thank you…so glad you enjoyed the poem!

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