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Poetry Sunday-Late Summer Rains


Late Summer Rains



Late summer rains

renew the parched landscape.

Bringing late blooming flowers

Kissed all too often by approaching frosty stares.



Late, last minute visitors find an oasis there

Grateful for each drop of nectar.

While bees sleep on flowers waiting for the warmth of the sun.

Slowing in their quest for rich powdery snuff.



And each day I am there soaking up the riches of a late garden.

The sights, the smells and the silence.

Knowing now the days are shorter

The time for a deep sleep is upon us all too soon.



There is a grace still in these decaying blooms

Like old photos faded with memories.

Gladness mixed with melancholy lingers

As my brain etches these images upon my landscape.



 © Donna Donabella 2015




As I wandered my garden this August, I saw the telltale signs of the seasonal change nipping at the fringes of my garden and my senses.  I do love fall, and the beauty of the tattered and faded garden blooms.  There is a very special beauty during this change as we move closer to the next season.



I enjoy celebrating the seasonal change and invite others who want to celebrate the changing of the season to join me in my quarterly meme, Seasonal Celebrations which I hold on my other blog, Gardens Eye View.  I will have the kick-off post tomorrow.  If you would like to join me in celebrating the new season, check out the post tomorrow.



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.

spent flower collage

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


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. 






Special Note:  The photos here of the late summer rains and tattered blooms from my garden last year.




I leave you with a few additional words about Late Summer Rains.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

Late Summer Rain

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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  1. August 30, 2015    

    the pond puddled with rain is poetry in itself – some lovely lines lingering on the last drops of summer – very nice images of bees asleep on flowers and the rich powdery snuff.

    • September 3, 2015    

      Happy you enjoyed those particular images and picture Laura….I really enjoyed writing those lines….they make me smile.

  2. August 30, 2015    

    Often we feel sad on seeing fading blooms but in fact that plant’s life cycle continues and it will bloom again
    later or rest until next year even sending her children around about her.

    • September 3, 2015    

      Exactly Robin…I love the fading blooms because they have the promise of next year.

  3. August 30, 2015    

    So many intoxicating images and space for reflection in this beautiful garden of words – the sleeping bees were my lovely lying in the sun sipping nectar

    • September 3, 2015    

      It is amazing to see the bees sleeping on late summer mornings…glad I could bring these images to you Jae Rose!

  4. August 30, 2015    

    We do need to take time to soak in the riches of these late summer gardens, knowing that fall is on the way….and it won’t be long before the gardens fade. There is beauty in what we can observe, no matter what the season! Thanks for the reminder.

    • September 3, 2015    

      My pleasure Mary….I couldn’t agree more, and since I have been gardening I have noticed the beauty of each season!

  5. August 30, 2015    

    I am deeply inhaling the last of the summer before it is completely gone ~ My blooms are dying too 🙁

    • September 3, 2015    

      Each day of summer is glorious isn’t it Grace!

  6. August 30, 2015    

    The late Summer rains are often a mixture of melancholy and joy.. but then again.. isn’t life as well? 🙂
    Have a lovely week ahead 😀

    Lots of love,

    • September 3, 2015    

      Beautiful thoughts Sanaa…thank you for them! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. August 30, 2015    

    There is indeed beauty in the decay.. we also know that in the fading bloom there lies a promise for another spring.. there lies the beauty.

  8. August 30, 2015    

    Is that your very own beautiful pond in the photo? Loved this look at the late summer garden. Gardeners are so attuned to the seasonal changes……..I remember my gardening days. How I loved them.

    • September 3, 2015    

      Yes Sherry that is my wonderful late summer pond…..each day I can garden is a special day!

  9. August 30, 2015    

    I adore late summer knowing that fall is around the corner…so thank you for this posting!

    • September 4, 2015    

      You are most welcome Robin….I adore the transition to fall too!

  10. August 30, 2015    

    i enjoy late summers and beginning of autumn. it’s a like a fresh start. i love how you describe the scenery.

    • September 4, 2015    

      I agree Nataša…a fresh start!

  11. August 30, 2015    

    Autumn for me is a time of fruition. A beautiful time. And you are so very right about its grace. And the memories.

    • September 4, 2015    

      I love the harvest as fall comes around…and it puts me in the mood for more harvest in my life Soosie!

  12. August 30, 2015    

    I am enjoying the fleeting moments of summer..there is still much to enjoy..those last warm rays of sun still warms the flesh and makes me want to hold on to each day.

    • September 4, 2015    

      I couldn’t agree more and these last days are hot, hot, hot! Soaking it all in.

  13. August 30, 2015    

    the lingering summer is nicely captured here in awe and gratitude, a lovely lovely poem

    Thanks Donna for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love…

    • September 4, 2015    

      Thanks Gillena for your lovely thoughts about the poem!

  14. August 30, 2015    

    I love those ‘ last minute visitors’ and images of black and white photos/memories so nostalgic…nice picture and poem match together!

    • September 4, 2015    

      So glad you enjoyed the total effect of the post!

  15. August 30, 2015    

    Simply beautiful.

  16. August 30, 2015    

    Autumn has a tendency to create a fullness of its own. You have captured that well and I love the photo,


    • September 4, 2015    

      So pleased you really enjoyed the post Elizabeth….I agree with you about Autumn!

  17. August 30, 2015    

    the smell of the rain is one of the things i am looking forward before summer turns to autumn. thie transition won’t be completed without the showers. enjoy the remaining summer, Donna

    • September 4, 2015    

      Thanks you too totomai…every warm day is a blessing!

  18. ZQ ZQ
    August 30, 2015    

    Your photography continues to please all senses…. as well as your poetry 🙂

    • September 4, 2015    

      Thanks so much for those kind words!!

  19. August 30, 2015    

    Enjoy the rest of the summer!!!

    • September 4, 2015    

      You too…it is warm here again and sunny!

  20. August 31, 2015    

    I liked it, put me in late summer, and the preparation for the change of seasons, soon my favorite time of year will be here…I love fall, and am in crazy in love with winter…the final transformation. It reminds me it is right where I am, nearing end of year, end of life, crazy i love with winter.

    • September 4, 2015    

      I can understand that as I age….it is amazing how we can align ourselves so closely to nature and its cycles.

  21. August 31, 2015    

    You have been fortunate with the rain. The huge storm that hit the east missed us again. I liked you poem, especially, “Grateful for each drop of nectar.” The critters need the rains.

    • September 4, 2015    

      We have been going in spurts….cooler and weekly storms and now heat and no rain. But I do feel fortunate this year with the rain. Happy you enjoyed the poem Donna.

  22. August 31, 2015    

    Donna, I was pleasantly surprised that you chose the lines that I loved most for the quote in the downloadable photo. Flowers that are behind the zenith of their beauty still have a lot to offer, “like old photos faded with memories”, I share that attitude.

    • September 4, 2015    

      Oh that pleases me Petra! I chose those lines because they really spoke to me when I wrote them…glad you love them too!

  23. August 31, 2015    

    Gladness mixed with melancholy lingers
    As my brain etches these images upon my landscape.

    Whatever mood one has it is imperative on the part of our memory to retain them. Emotional feelings tend to be remembered better. Great lines Donna!


    • September 4, 2015    

      So glad you really enjoyed those lines Hank….I couldn’t agree more!

  24. August 31, 2015    

    Oh, I love late summer rains. I wish we were getting more rain here in California. I love your sweet lines, Donna 🙂 Very nice!

    • September 4, 2015    

      We seem to be in a hot dry pattern lately…wishing more rain for you Torie!

  25. X X
    August 31, 2015    

    Way late getting to the pantry this week.

    I think there is a grace even in fall. Personally it is my favorite season as the slowing down of life allows
    me to feel I can slow down as well. We all need those sleeps, those small deaths that allow us to grow
    again in coming seasons.

    • September 4, 2015    

      I really love how you put that here….yes those small deaths to allow us to grow are so important!

  26. August 31, 2015    

    Those were beautiful notations. I am just happy to have received them and that you shared them with us. Have a wonderful day!

    • September 4, 2015    

      James I am very honored and grateful for your wonderful comment…thank you!

  27. August 31, 2015    

    Lovely and eloquent! One of my fave’s of yours.

    • September 4, 2015    

      Oh that makes me smile…thank you Wendy!

  28. September 1, 2015    

    Late summer rain – it is here now!

    • September 4, 2015    

      Lucky you…we are hot and dry waiting on those rains.

  29. September 1, 2015    

    A interesting look at the late rains, though I don’t think they ever stopped this year.

    • September 4, 2015    

      Oh that is too bad….here we have been going in spurts and right now we are hot and dry….my garden will welcome the rain once it comes again.

  30. September 1, 2015    

    You have really mastered the art of imagery. Love the photo and the lines:

    “There is a grace still in these decaying blooms

    Like old photos faded with memories.”

    I could clearly see the faded pinks and sepias of old dried up blossoms and so remember seeing what happens to old but cherished photos over time. I am really enjoying your poetry.

    • September 4, 2015    

      Debra this really pleases me that you are enjoying the poetry….thank you for your support and comments!

  31. September 1, 2015    

    In the UK it is turning to autumn before we have had a summer. I am wondering of September and October will bring us some late summer sunshine…

    • September 4, 2015    

      Oh Cherie that is not fun…we have definitely had summer here and it is still lingering with highs near 90 and no rain….wishing our warm weather comes your way soon.

  32. September 1, 2015    

    I really love the last photo and poem. It may certainly have something to do with my advanced age, but I have come to appreciate fading flowers of late!

    • September 4, 2015    

      I think it is our wisdom and experience perhaps that has us loving those faded blooms Sallie.

  33. September 4, 2015    

    I love summer rains!!!

    • September 4, 2015    

      I do too! They are so much fun to watch and even walk in…

  34. September 4, 2015    

    Donna, it hasn’t rained much here ~ especially this week, it’s been very hot and humid in the 90’s. We could use some late summer rains! Enjoyed your poem and photos ~ your pond is beautiful 🙂

    • September 5, 2015    

      Here too Loredana…I am looking forward to some rain and relief from this extreme heat.

  35. September 5, 2015    

    Such a wonderful poem, dear Donna!!! I like it very much just as your beautiful header picture!!!
    Enjoy a good and happy time!

    • September 5, 2015    

      Thanks so much Katrin….I am pleased you liked the poem!

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