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Poetry Sunday-Lazy Days



Lazy Days



Lazy days return with warm, soft breezes.

Regaining my senses, my natural rhythm, I wake with the sunrise.

 To go swimming and wading in the creek,

Exploring meadows to pick fresh, fragrant flowers.



There are afternoon naps beneath tall trees,

Gazing at clouds to spy a ship, a dog or a funny clown gliding by.

As the warmth of the day retires with the setting of the sun,

Lightening bugs and streetlights beckon us home.



The sounds of the day quiet- only toads and chirping crickets remain,

Sending us off to sweet dreams ending another glorious June day.



 © Donna Donabella 2013




This poem was written in June of 2013.  It speaks of childhood summer vacation days spent playing with abandon.  We were fixated on living in the moment, with no set agenda…just letting the day unfold.  Now in retirement I am trying to get back these lazy days of summer.



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.

cloud collage

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.  



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Special Note:  The pictures are of various clouds found in summer here in central New York.  Can you spy a dog or a ship in those clouds?  What do you see when you gaze into the clouds?




I leave you with a few additional words about A-May-Zing MayI welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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  1. June 14, 2015    

    Just beautiful – and I love that blazing sky. Thank you.

    • June 17, 2015    

      Oh I am so pleased you enjoyed the post Soosie!

  2. June 14, 2015    

    That sounds like a day savoured and well spent – far from lazy just content – we particularly like the idea of an afternoon nap!

    • June 17, 2015    

      Indeed Jae Rose a day of contentment to be savored!

  3. June 14, 2015    

    Love the June glorious days ~ I just wish for less rain though smiles ~

    • June 17, 2015    

      I agree Grace…we have had 13 inches of rain already in June…

  4. June 14, 2015    

    This sounds like a pretty fine day. I’m in!

  5. June 14, 2015    

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day 😀
    Beautifully penned..!

    Lots of love,

  6. June 14, 2015    

    This poem takes me back to my childhood! I so remember sitting on my front porch (as a kid) and watching those lightening bugs under the streetlights! And, in answer to your question, yes – on those lazy summer afternoons I would often lie in the grass and see things in clouds. Friends and I would make a game of it. Smiles.

    • June 17, 2015    

      So many happy memories for you too Mary! Lovely….

  7. June 14, 2015    

    After that I need to get out of the city and take a walk in the country. Bravo.

  8. June 14, 2015    

    What a wonderful place to be.. Those lazy days of bathing in the sound of toads and crickets.

    • June 17, 2015    

      I wish all children had these memories to savor and continue Bjorn!

  9. June 14, 2015    

    There is a lazy-day sunshined feel of drinking in each moment here:). Thank you

    • June 17, 2015    

      I feel satisfied that the feeling came through Pearl…glad you enjoyed it!

  10. June 14, 2015    

    It is good to be reminded that these days were and can be again with little letting go. It was simply: Be with what’s there now. Never get bored or worry about some other need.

    • June 17, 2015    

      Absolutely Susan…couldn’t have said it better!

  11. June 14, 2015    

    I too would love to roam about in such halcyon setting…sigh…

  12. June 14, 2015    

    Can everyday be a lazy day, Donna? I would love to be on that universe. Haha. You are making me appreciate summer more. 🙂

    • June 17, 2015    

      I think summer can invite more lazy days and I plan to enjoy each one totomai! Glad you enjoyed the poem!

  13. June 14, 2015    

    Donna I’ve been following your Sunday poems with great enjoyment but this is one of my favourites – the montage of clouds is magical and encapsulates the theme of the poems abandon. Was inspired to join poetry sunday today

    • June 17, 2015    

      Oh Laura I am so glad to have inspired you and that you joined in…you have such a wonderful talent that I am glad so many others will see….I had fun with this poem and the collage!

  14. June 14, 2015    

    Wonderful. Another great poster… now one of my favorites. 🙂

    • June 17, 2015    

      Oh that is such high praise indeed…thank you!

  15. Used to chase lightning bugs every single night as a kid! 🙂

    • June 17, 2015    

      Isn’t that amazing Deb…every night we frolicked with the lighting bugs…they grace my garden now and I adore watching them!

  16. June 14, 2015    

    Interesting, the comments following your lovely poem….this morning smells just like summer mornings of my childhood and really took me back………now, finally, we can move to that slower rhythm, the best thing about retirement….the gift of time not rushing by so crazily.

    • June 17, 2015    

      Ah I can feel the slower rhythm myself Sherry!

  17. June 14, 2015    

    love lazy summer days…one of many ways to enjoy retirement!

    • June 17, 2015    

      Indeed….here’s to those lazy summer days forever!

  18. June 14, 2015    

    Such a beautiful picture you paint with those words
    ……thank you:)

    • June 17, 2015    

      You are most welcome my dear friend!

  19. June 14, 2015    

    Your lovely post fits the day perfectly:)

  20. June 14, 2015    

    A lovely evocation of such days!

  21. June 14, 2015    

    Those kinds of lazy summer days feel so perfect! Your poem left me feeling warm, Donna 🙂

    • June 17, 2015    

      Oh I am delighted to hear so Torie! Thank you….

  22. June 14, 2015    

    A beautiful mosaic of summer days gloriously rendered, Donna. I am there!

    • June 17, 2015    

      Oh that is lovely to hear Wendy…enjoy!

  23. June 14, 2015    

    I enjoyed the feel of the lazy summer day and cloud watching is always fun. Your words were an invitation to enjoy a bit of summer fun. Thank you for sharing.

    • June 17, 2015    

      You are welcome and it is time to cloud watch I think!

  24. June 15, 2015    

    I am solved with the company of toads & crickets—that’s already heaven for me. There is so much delight in what you offered today, Donna. So much of the li’l observations, sensibilities, & contentment that everyone truly needs. Thanks for a wonderful poem today, Donna! Smiles.

    • June 17, 2015    

      You are most welcome Kelvin…those lovely memories are boundless and wonderful to share!

  25. June 15, 2015    

    Great imagery in this poem.

    • June 17, 2015    

      I am so happy to hear this…it was a very special poem for me as I was writing it!

  26. June 15, 2015    

    Ahhh, I love those kind of summer days! Beautiful poem and lovely skies! Enjoy your day, Donna!

    • June 17, 2015    

      Thanks so much Eileen! Here’s hoping you have a wonderful lazy summer day!

  27. June 15, 2015    

    Ah, sounds like leisure time….enjoyed so much! thank you, Donna! :)x

    • June 17, 2015    

      Oh I am so happy to hear this…enjoy some leisure summer time yourself!

  28. June 15, 2015    

    Ah yes – summer rhythms makes me feel more like myself. Sounds like the same is true for you too!

    • June 17, 2015    

      Indeed Claire…it helps me to renew!

  29. June 15, 2015    

    How fabulous this sounds. I live in the Sonora Desert; so summer is harsh and demanding, much like deep winter in cold climes. I am in by 9 a.m. and not out again until after sunset, if possible. We leave here to enjoy beaches and shores and daytime summer fun.

    • June 17, 2015    

      Oh I remember those harsh summers in AZ when I was in college there….one of the reasons I moved back east…love the cooler seasons.

  30. June 15, 2015    

    Good Morning Donna!
    Beautiful poem! You live in such beautiful place with fresh air , sky and nature!

  31. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    June 15, 2015    

    Reminds me of some of my youthful lazy days – now I wouldn’t want to lie in the grass because of the critters in there. 🙂
    A delightful poem of leisure for Mosaic Monday, thanks for linking.

    • June 17, 2015    

      Isn’t it funny how we are now Judith that we have so much more knowledge!

  32. June 16, 2015    

    I do see the dog and cloud watching as I did as a child… Michelle

    • June 17, 2015    

      I still try to spend some days watching clouds..what a treat!

  33. June 27, 2015    

    I like the slow and gentle feel of this poem — espeically the image: “The sounds of the day quiet- only toads and chirping crickets remain.”

    • June 27, 2015    

      So glad you enjoyed the poem…the summer days of childhood and my garden here inspired me!

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