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Poetry Sunday-Summer Breezes



Summer Breezes 



A sea of gold set ablaze in the hot sun.

I squint to watch a monarch dance with a bee,

Adrift on the sultry breeze.

As it caresses my skin and sets my soul on fire,

I am lost in the lazy hum of the garden.

All life here has succumbed to this moment-

There is no other as there will never be again.



 © Donna Donabella 2012




This is the last series of summer poems I wrote in 2012 and 2013 to celebrate summer.  This poem was a memory of a summer day watching the pollinators play on the breeze and sip nectar under the golden sun.




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.



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.  



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 pictures in this post are of a monarch butterfly drinking in the last golden nectar of summer before flying south for the winter following those summer breezes.




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


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 2, 2015    

    It is a real gift to be able to enjoy the moment as it is – butterflies must know as their time is both short and vital

    • August 4, 2015    

      How true Jae…butterflies are the perfect symbol of living in the moment.

  2. August 2, 2015    

    Each moment is so very special and one to be savored. Your poem describes this very well.

  3. August 2, 2015    

    “All life here has succumbed to this moment-“…a beautifully bright scene…

  4. August 2, 2015    

    I squint to watch a monarch dance with a bee,
    Adrift on the sultry breeze.

    These are such beautiful lines 😀
    Happy Sunday 😀

    • August 4, 2015    

      I am happy you enjoyed the poem and those lines in particular Sanaa.

  5. August 2, 2015    

    luv your Monarch collage, you never leaver without gifting us, this is so sweet; enjoyed the wrapped attention in your verse

    have a lovely Sunday

    much love…

    • August 4, 2015    

      Thanks Gillena….I enjoyed making the collage! Have a wonderful week…..

  6. August 2, 2015    

    Love the line “it caresses my skin and sets my soul on fire.” I can just imagine you glowing ever so happily. After I discovered the wild bees in the tere outside I kept hoping I would be able to hear as well as see them. My hearing is pretty bad or the box is too far up in the tree. I even pressed my ear to the trunk hoping the vibration would travel through the wood. Only this week have I actually heard the sound of their hum. It made me so happy.

    • August 4, 2015    

      Oh Debra what a wonderful experience to hear the buzz of the bees there.

  7. August 2, 2015    

    Inspirational words…you’ve captured a beautiful, sunny moment. I wanted to be there soaking up that sunshine!

  8. August 2, 2015    

    The beauty of photography…capturing that moment that can’t ever be captured again. Love the poem. Thank you!

    • August 4, 2015    

      I love that about my garden photos Robin…capturing times that will never be again.

  9. August 2, 2015    

    “All life here has succumbed to this moment…” as I succumbed to the poem while reading it.

  10. August 2, 2015    

    A beautiful poem Donna, and gorgeous shots to go along with it.

    I”m happy to note that I can now finally [laughing] tell the Monarch, and the swallowtail butterflies apart…at first we thought they were all Monarchs…but that’s why I love blogging…there is always someone out there who knows what a butterfly is.


    • August 4, 2015    

      I agree…I learn more from blogging than from books many times….so happy you enjoyed the poem Jen!

  11. August 2, 2015    

    Fabulous butterfly images, Donna…that make my heart sing. YAY for the bees. YAY for the butterflies. And YAY for the poems that spring forth because of them.

  12. August 2, 2015    

    Isn’t it wonderful when all the work whiich goes into a garden: the sun, wind and rain’s work, the bees work, our work, settles down and we can take the time to appreciate the ‘lazy hum’,
    And remember that we are human beings not human doings.
    Lovely poem, beautifully illustrated.
    Thank you.

  13. ZQ ZQ
    August 2, 2015    

    You just can’t help yourself can you? …being so darn creative 🙂


    • August 4, 2015    

      Oh you make me smile…thank you! And to answer your question…I just can’t help myself.

  14. August 2, 2015    

    I would love to get lost in that garden ~ I admire the collage of yellow blooms ~

    • August 4, 2015    

      That is the highest compliment a gardener can receive Grace..much thanks!

  15. August 2, 2015    

    Oh, the yellow daisies ARE stunning–how could a butterfly resist? It’s a beautiful and childlike thing–to imagine a butterfly dancing with a bee-:) Very lovely.

  16. August 2, 2015    

    What a beautiful moment you’ve captured here with your words and your pictures. They are both pure joy.

    • August 4, 2015    

      Much gratitude to you Myrna for your lovely compliment.

  17. August 2, 2015    

    “lost in the lazy hum of the garden” – sigh: What an evocative, indelible line. Lovely!

    • August 4, 2015    

      Oh Wendy your description of my words is pure bliss…thank you!

  18. August 2, 2015    

    Wonderful to dwell in such a moment.

  19. August 2, 2015    

    Some moments leave us lost and speechless. And Nature never fails to gift us such lovely moments. A delightful poem 🙂

    • August 4, 2015    

      Nature is my primary muse Purba….its gifts are unending.

  20. August 2, 2015    

    One of the calming things in life is to observe nature at work. How well you words and photos illustrate this.

    • August 4, 2015    

      Robin I couldn’t agree more about nature….thank you for such kind words.

  21. CC CC
    August 2, 2015    

    This is really a glowing testimony to living in the moment 🙂

  22. August 3, 2015    

    The bee and the butterfly is an amazing image.

  23. August 3, 2015    

    Lovely words and poem, it is so easy to get lost in a beautiful garden! The monarch images and mosaic is beautiful. I have not seen a Monarch yet! Enjoy your day!

    • August 4, 2015    

      Nature just draws us as we forget all but that which is before us…have a wonderful week Eileen!

  24. August 3, 2015    

    Yes, enjoy each moment and let it all soak in. Very beautiful, Donna 🙂

  25. August 3, 2015    

    Each moment is a precious gift, but watching a fragile butterfly is extra special! I ahve not seen any monarchs in my garden as yet this summer–hopeful that I will!

    • August 4, 2015    

      I have only seen one Pat so far…but I know they will stop by soon! I hope they stop by to visit you too!

  26. August 3, 2015    

    How sweet of you to share one of your poems and images with us. I’ll put it on my desktop. You got some amazing butterfly photos. They have been elusive here this summer. Sweet hugs, Diane

    • August 4, 2015    

      I enjoy sharing my poems weekly and how lovely of you to stop by Diane …thank you for such a wonderful comment.

  27. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    August 3, 2015    

    Lovely poem and creative mosaic to accompany it Donna.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  28. August 3, 2015    

    Oh Donna, you’re right, we were both thinking about living in the moment as our poems conveyed … lovely photos & verse as always 🙂

    • August 4, 2015    

      Kindred spirits and I love the high praise..thanks Loredana.

  29. August 3, 2015    

    Beautiful Monarch captures!

  30. August 4, 2015    

    Thank you, Donna, for commenting on my toad! What a magnificent Monarch. I have only ever seen a similar (but not identical) butterfly in Greece. Your words about the moment are both exquisite and so true!

    • August 4, 2015    

      Oh you are so kind to say so Caroline….I loved your toad.

  31. August 4, 2015    


  32. August 4, 2015    

    Beautiful images!!! Love butterfly pictures!


  33. August 5, 2015    

    Great summerly picture !

  34. August 5, 2015    

    So lovely Donna! Just the sight of a monarch brings joy and the beautiful way you have made your pictures and mosaics is astounding.

    • August 6, 2015    

      I am happy you really enjoyed the poem and post Sallie…..thank you for your lovely comment!

  35. August 6, 2015    

    It is so mesmerizing to see a fluttering butterfly next to a bee perhaps competing for the same thing. Wonderful lines Donna!


  36. August 7, 2015    

    I love that golden square full of butterflies, Donna, and the last two lines – “all life here has succumbed to this moment, there is no other as there will never be again”. Beautiful indeed.

    • August 7, 2015    

      Oh thank you so much Petra….I was chasing butterflies again this week.

  37. August 8, 2015    

    Loved the wonderful description… And the beautiful snap 🙂

  38. August 15, 2015    

    It is good to see Monarchs. I am glad more and more people are getting them in the gardens this year.

    • August 16, 2015    

      I couldn’t get over find a male and female gliding into my garden a few days ago and staying. Now we will see if they left any presents behind.

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