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Poetry Sunday-August Muse

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August Muse

 

 

August seems such a strange month.

The weather shifting in and out of season.

And those glorious golden days,

The hot sun still parching my garden.

 

 

Flowers fading, fruit ripens

And my thoughts turn a bit melancholy.

As the raucous noise of summer fades,

And friends depart for their long journeys home.

 

 

 © Donna Donabella 2013

 

 

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When August rolls around in the garden, it is a bittersweet time as we watch the garden bloom and fade.  And while I love August and all the bounty it brings, I am saddened as I know it will be gone too fast, and I will be longing for its return.

 

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

I am joining in another wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.

 

 

If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 

 

 

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Special Note:  The pictures here are of one of the last bird ‘friends’ to leave our garden at the end of summer…the ruby-throated hummingbird.  These are pictures of one of the sweet females, who worked hard raising a brood in spring and summer, getting ready to fly South soon.

 

 

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

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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76 Comments

  1. August 9, 2015    

    What a beautiful bird Donna, and I can understand that you will be sad to see it, and summer, leaving you for a while. Don’t forget the seasons seem to go round really quickly I’m finding, and in no time summer and your hummingbirds will be back again! Here we’re in winter and already feeling spring in the air.

    • August 9, 2015    

      It is so true that the seasons will be coming back again….it is one of the reasons I celebrate each season. But here Jane winter can last 4-6 months. So much longer than any other season with no sign of the garden except for piles of snow. I think I may need to seek somewhere I can garden many more seasons and months….well it is a dream! For now I will bask in August….

  2. August 9, 2015    

    Love your hummingbirds.
    Savour the season while you can. Summer will return, carrying her blooms and her birds before you know it.

    • August 9, 2015    

      I agree Soosie…I will savor my garden and garden friends now until they are gone.

  3. August 9, 2015    

    So true.. The knowing of the things that will come brings a certain sadness to the month of August..

    • August 9, 2015    

      Especially for those of us Bjorn who know the long, white lingering winter that seems to stick far too long.

  4. August 9, 2015    

    You have certainly captured August & its ebb and flow, its warmth as well as the sadness of knowing things also begin to change…and that friends go home &…..sigh…children prepare to go back to school!

    • August 9, 2015    

      I think since retiring from education, Mary, I feel the melancholy even more as the thought of the new school year is gone and does not distract anymore.

  5. August 9, 2015    

    Love that photo! Such sweet yearning for Summer to extend its stay for a bit longer… but know that time flies fast and soon Summer shall grace us all with its beauty and joy again 😀 Beautifully executed 😀

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

    • August 9, 2015    

      Isn’t she beautiful Sanaa…she posed beautifully long for me….glad you enjoyed the poem.

  6. August 9, 2015    

    I agree…it feels like we are falling too fast into the autumn months and i barely registered summer – maybe it’s an age thing but i too would like those long, warm days to last…a beautiful poem..

    • August 9, 2015    

      I think it is an age thing Jae….we know how fleeting time can be so we want the beauty of summer to linger….so happy you enjoyed the poem!

  7. August 9, 2015    

    Yes, it brings to a finality to so many things before ‘hibernating’ in the winter months. Truly said Donna!

    Hank

    • August 9, 2015    

      Thanks Hank….that ‘hibernating’ seems to come all too soon!

  8. August 9, 2015    

    I no longer live in a place with 4 defined seasons but August does hint of change and rest. Already some of the mulberry leaves are turning yellow and falling — probably heat & water stress. I really liked your poem, Donna.

    • August 9, 2015    

      Thanks Debra! Those seasonal changes are so unique to each of us, but somehow they sneak up on us don’t they.

  9. August 9, 2015    

    The last line is a poignant one. I hole it’s a permanent farewell between friends.

    Summer is too much here in Japan right now – topping the highest temperature every day.

    Nice main pic too, Donna

    • August 9, 2015    

      Our summer fades in August here and has already cooled….but I will savor each warm day….so glad you enjoyed the poem totomai. The hummingbird was a wonderful model resting just waiting to have her portrait taken.

  10. August 9, 2015    

    I quite like summer fading into autumn. It is once we get passed the beautiful autumn colours that I begin to feel a bit of sadness and start looking forward to spring and new growth.

    • August 9, 2015    

      I agree…autumn to winter is definitely a sad time here for gardeners…..hoping the winter weather keeps away and allows us to have a wonderful long fall!

  11. August 9, 2015    

    I will be very sad when summer ends ~ So lovely to see the photos of the birds as the birds make my work enjoyable ~

    • August 9, 2015    

      I agree Grace…they do make our work in the garden so worthwhile…great companions.

  12. August 9, 2015    

    August is indeed bittersweet, so beautiful and melancholic at the same time. We are grateful for having been able to live and enjoy one more summer and we so well know that this particular summer is soon forever gone.
    I can relate very well to what you wrote to Jane. We too have a very long winter and would like to garden a little bit more…
    Here’s to beautiful August days and may your winged friends come safely back!
    Lovely poem and post, as always!

    • August 9, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sara….I am missing my garden as I have an injury so i cannot garden….so having more garden days later would be wonderful…let’s hope winter stays away longer this year and gives us a bit more garden time.

  13. August 9, 2015    

    Beautiful little perky hummingbird………August does seem to rush summer away swiftly….however I adore fall, so there will still be many golden days ahead.

    • August 9, 2015    

      Our summer in August fades to fall here Sherry so we do enjoy it too….it is a beautiful season which makes it all worthwhile.

  14. August 9, 2015    

    August does dance between the clouds and sun. It always makes me feel sad as I know the warm glorious days of July are gone and summer is softly fading.

    • August 9, 2015    

      That is exactly how I feel Truedessa! Time to live each summer day to its fullest…

  15. August 9, 2015    

    Your poem has a bittersweet melancholy. What I love best is the rhythm of the last line. as a musician, it rings like a song….friend…long trip….then….”home.” Hard to express in words. The mmmmm of that last letter resonates in time and in the travel…home. Everything about it rings true.

    • August 9, 2015    

      Now what a lovely thing to say Susan…I can hear that last letter linger!

  16. CC CC
    August 9, 2015    

    It’s such a beautiful photo you’ve taken of the bird and the way you’ve incorporated your words onto the image. Lovely.

  17. August 9, 2015    

    But still, how lovely it looks august in this hot summer… and how right you said “And my thoughts turn a bit melancholy…”
    I’m impressed by your lyrics and the content so sensitive and well expressed…
    All the best for the new week of summer…

    • August 9, 2015    

      Well how lovely of you to say so Alexa! Let’s enjoy each day of summer until it fades to fall!

  18. August 9, 2015    

    Another wonderful post! Your poems are always so filled with gratitude. That is wonderful thing to remind people of: that even when we are saddened by some aspect of life, there is always something to be grateful for.

    • August 9, 2015    

      I am so pleased you have seen this in my posts Wendy. It is what I hope to impart to folks.

  19. August 9, 2015    

    This is truly beautiful. What is it about mankind that we are sad when seasons end. Does the natural world count the days and mourn their passing as we do are their lives to busy surviving and procreating that they have no time for contemplation…except the owls perhaps so we call them wise!

    • August 9, 2015    

      Oh I am pleased you enjoyed the poem Robin. I think we can learn from nature as they seem to follow the seasons and make the most of each day…..there is a purpose to those days it seems at least for the critters.

  20. August 9, 2015    

    Season of “mellow fruitfulness” is setting in…so beautifully captivated in these lines….

    • August 10, 2015    

      It is an amazing feeling each summer no matter where we are in the world Sumana! So glad you enjoyed the poem.

  21. August 9, 2015    

    the end of warm season does brings in distances betwen acquaintences, friends and family much like the change of seasons. it is a transition that must be embraced with diminished sadness.

    gracias

  22. August 10, 2015    

    Oh my gosh…it’s all going so fast! But for me…fall is my season…can’t wait!

    • August 10, 2015    

      Robin, I love that fall slides into summer….it is so beautiful too!

  23. August 10, 2015    

    Good morning, lovely poem. I will be sad to see the hummers leaving, they are such a joy to have around. I am not ready to let summer go yet!

    Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • August 10, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen! I know it is sad when the hummers leave…they are gone for so long….but their short visit will sustain me all winter! Enjoy your week!!

  24. August 10, 2015    

    Gorgeous hummingbirds. You’ve captured August in words. Happy Monday!

  25. August 10, 2015    

    I guess I never thought about it. But your poem is correct… in August, the wild song starts quieting for winter.

    • August 10, 2015    

      Yes Magaly…nicely said….the ‘quieting for winter’….it gets quieter in my garden as August slides along.

  26. August 10, 2015    

    Love it, birds sure do liven the spring and summer.

  27. August 10, 2015    

    All that mating and raising offspring is definitely noisy….it is eerie how quiet it gets here as September rolls in.

  28. August 10, 2015    

    Wonderfull post.

  29. August 10, 2015    

    Lovely!

  30. August 10, 2015    

    What a great photo Donna, congratulations!
    I haven’t ever seen one in real life, but I would love to.
    She looks so fragile and little – how wonderful that she is a mother and raised her little family over Summer.
    Where do they migrate to in Autumn?
    Hugs
    Shane

    • August 10, 2015    

      Oh if you can ever see one Shane it is a treat…I plant flowers they like and put out a feeder. If you can believe it they migrate to Central America and cross the Gulf of Mexico to get there.

  31. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    August 10, 2015    

    So true Donna, that the mood turns to melancholy towards the end of summer.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • August 10, 2015    

      It is almost a type of grief Judith as we have to say goodbye so quickly to our gardens.

  32. August 11, 2015    

    Beautifully expresses the mood.

  33. August 11, 2015    

    It makes me sad too to see summer go! We’ve had perfect weather in August so far but soon it will start to get cool. Love the hummingbird, so cute. I saw one recently but was quick to fly away! 🙂

    • August 12, 2015    

      Yes August has been picture perfect here too. I bet if you put up a feeder next year you will find more hummers.

  34. August 11, 2015    

    This so captures the feel of August. I love fall with its crisp air, beautiful colors, and the feeling it gives me of being intensely alive. And I love the relaxing feel of summer. But somehow in this shoulder season, we are too aware of endings to be fully relaxed (so much to fit in before summer ends!).

    • August 12, 2015    

      Exactly Jean….and now I am waylaid from my garden but what can you do.

  35. August 11, 2015    

    Gee, I was thinking that today myself. You captured my feelings perfectly…. Love the quote and the lovely hummer….. Michelle

  36. August 12, 2015    

    Yes, it’s sad to see summer go but the next season surely has its beauties too!

    • August 13, 2015    

      Indeed all seasons have beauty to me James. It is the idea that we are closer to no garden and being covered by many feet of snow for 4-6 months that brings some sadness more than anything.

  37. August 15, 2015    

    Wow, even more memes. I enjoyed your poem. Summer heat is not leaving, this week in the 90’s, but before long summer will have passed.

    • August 16, 2015    

      We had a beautiful cool down here and now we are back to high heat and humidity…but soon it will all shift again as it does in August here.

  38. August 15, 2015    

    Ah, me too…I feel this ‘ my thoughts turn a bit melancholy.’ ~ but, great! we still have fall comes after, not immediately the cold winter…so some kind of comfort for me…nice poem, Donna

    • August 16, 2015    

      Thanks and I agree. Fall is glorious and a wonderful send off for our gardens and critters before we have to think of winter.

  39. August 16, 2015    

    It’s funny but I’ve never quite thought about the place of August for me in the yearly cycle…other than that I feel autumn in the air and FOOTBALL approaching! And apples! And everything I love about the colors and sounds and smells of the harvest! August prepares me for the season I love the most! 🙂

    • August 16, 2015    

      Fall is wonderful although I am not a sports fan, but I know the ease of baseball will give way to the raucous noise of football soon enough!

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