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Poetry Sunday-Summer Delights




Summer Delights



Spring turns to summer, Night turns to day.

And all about me the garden does play.


Bees fill their pockets, young birds take first flight-

Me, I’m staring up into the sky so bright.



Do I climb, do I soar,

Do I lay in the grass once more?



Soft fragrances wafting slow down my day,

As I contemplate the clouds, and rest from my play.



Whether splashing in water, or picking berries ripe-

There is always time to savor sweet summer delights!



 © Donna Donabella 2014


Today is the Summer Solstice, and the changing of the seasons is upon us.  I wrote this poem early last summer in July.  I was recuperating from surgery, and had ample time to watch the seasons change before my eyes.  On my garden blog, Wednesday, I will be featuring the wrap up of my meme, Seasonal Celebrations.  There is still time to join in as we celebrate the coming of summer.  You can read how to be part of the celebration here.



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.


pollinator 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.  



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 here are of various pollinators that were visiting my garden in early summer.  They are the lifeblood of the garden and are responsible for the flowers blooming year after year, and veggies growing for a wonderful harvest.




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

Summer Delights

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. June 21, 2015    

    There is so much excitement and happiness in this poem..buzzing around the garden like a busy happy little bee – i say climb, soar and lay in the grass once more until the sun goes down which could be a while today – happy summer solstice 🙂

    • June 21, 2015    

      I am hoping for some sun today Jae Rose….but regardless even with more rain the garden is happy so the pollinators will be too! Happy Solstice!

  2. June 21, 2015    

    I love this. Summer is my least favourite season, but I can feel and share the joy of yours.
    And I love those busy pollinators too.

    • June 24, 2015    

      I can agree Soosie that if your summer is really HOT, it is not so enjoyable. The pollinators have been very busy this summer so far.

  3. June 21, 2015    

    i forgot today is the Summer Solstice. a lovely tribute. your photographs are stunning, as always!

  4. June 21, 2015    

    Very lovely, Donna, & so engaging to read. Too bad, Summer is over at my country & currently we have rains & cold weather signaling the start of Rainy season ’til December. The bees & the flowering buds are always a delightful scene in the morning, and you know what I love to do in Summer? it’s nothing more than to smell the sky thru the growing grasses along with quick falling dews… ah, now I miss the Summer again. Smiles. Have fun under the sun & enjoy every bits of the Summer season! Thanks for the poem!

    • June 24, 2015    

      Sorry summer is done there, but happy the poem brought back summer memories.

  5. June 21, 2015    

    Such beautiful words and photos to go along with Mother Nature!…:)JP

  6. June 21, 2015    

    Glorious summer! How well you describe it.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Such vivid memories still for me Robin…glad you enjoyed it!

  7. June 21, 2015    

    This is a wonderful tribute 🙂 the images are so rich & vibrant.. the entire poem reads beautifully executed 😀

    Lots of love,

  8. June 21, 2015    

    You taunt us living in the coolth of midwinter. *sigh*

    • June 24, 2015    

      Sorry Peter…hope the memories keep you warm.

  9. June 21, 2015    

    Bees fill their pockets.. what a delightful image!!!

    • June 24, 2015    

      And they are delightful to watch as they fly about!

  10. June 21, 2015    

    Today we are enjoying the garden for the first time this year… A little sunshine is all that it takes. Splendid words and hope you take the time to see the clouds.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Oh I am happy to hear it Bjorn and yes I enjoy the clouds daily.

  11. June 21, 2015    

    Love the sweet summer delights…perfect season for me ~

  12. June 21, 2015    

    What a fine poem for the first day of summer, Donna. We do need to take time to savor those sweet summer delights while we can!

    • June 24, 2015    

      Absolutely Mary….they are the best!

  13. June 21, 2015    

    love the brightness, and mirth all around here…and such lovely images!!

  14. June 21, 2015    

    You have captured some of the joys of summer days. The summer solstice is upon us..let us enjoy the beauty of the warm days ahead. A lovely poem.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Absolutely Truedessa…summer is one big long party in my garden!

  15. June 21, 2015    

    hope for the summer to stay

  16. June 21, 2015    

    Happy first day of summer! Sweet poem!

    • June 24, 2015    

      Thank you and Happy Summer to you too!

  17. June 21, 2015    

    You have captured the rich delights of summer so well. I resonate with having time, post-surgery, to revel in such delights….I call my surgeries my annual vacation, the only time when one just gets to Be!! LOL.

    • June 24, 2015    

      I love that Sherry and so true….although a bit painful for a vacation! 🙂

  18. X X
    June 21, 2015    

    There is always time to savor indeed. Regardless our circumstances. Been a bit hot here to work the garden but in the evening and when it is not raining. Got some done yesterday.

    • June 24, 2015    

      We are cooling a bit so I am able to get out between the raindrops to weed.

  19. June 21, 2015    

    Donna, that’s a lovely poem – filled with hope and summer!

    • June 24, 2015    

      Thanks Katarina…I know you are enjoying your summer!

  20. June 21, 2015    

    Happy Summer Solstice!

  21. June 21, 2015    

    I love your photos and your poem. How apt for you to pay tribute to one of our deerest life lines. Without bees, where would we be?

  22. June 21, 2015    

    It’s Summer Solstice everyone! Happy day to you all!

    Love, Susan

    • June 24, 2015    

      Hoping you had a great Solstice and wishing you a fabulous summer with a bit of rain Susan!

  23. June 21, 2015    

    That feeling of freedom, of openness and no stress, is rarely topped. Nice weather can really help a mood, too.

    • June 24, 2015    

      I couldn’t agree more Lowe…nice weather just makes me smile.

  24. June 21, 2015    

    I love thinking of the entire garden at play as well as the elements within it. And then the lovely choices!

    • June 24, 2015    

      The garden is an amazing place Susan and it is just humming with activity now reminding me to play.

  25. June 21, 2015    

    You have captured well the happiness of summer that many feel.


  26. CC CC
    June 21, 2015    

    I like the LIFE in this…the activity…the buzz of living….”the garden does play” indeed!!

    • June 24, 2015    

      CC I love your description of my poem and summer! Thank you…

  27. June 21, 2015    

    Another wonderful Sunday Visit with you.

  28. June 21, 2015    

    This is so peaceful and soothing. I love the long a sound throughout this peace … almost like a mantra or shushing murmur.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Now that is just the nicest thing to say Wendy! Thank you….

  29. June 22, 2015    

    Hello Donna, what a lovely poem. Summer is my favorite season, I love seeing the bees enjoying the blooms too. Happy Summer to you! Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

    • June 24, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen…those busy bees are going crazy now as the garden blooms more and more! Happy Summer to you!

  30. June 22, 2015    

    ‘Do I lay in the grass once more?’
    I haven’t done that since I was a child. Your poem evoked so many wonderful memories for me.

  31. June 22, 2015    

    Summer dry, hot, season…not really my fav. I wait for winter. I love your write!

    • June 24, 2015    

      I can understand not enjoying summer when it is so hot…wishing you a wonderful cooler time!

  32. June 22, 2015    

    Great captures, wishing you a summer filled with sun, blue skies and happiness.
    Happy MM.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Oh Maggie aren’t you so sweet…happy summer to you!

  33. June 22, 2015    

    Donna, just beautiful!!!

  34. June 22, 2015    

    A truth expressed in that final line.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Absolutely! Take advantage to enjoy summer now!

  35. June 22, 2015    

    oh what joy in this poem! last summer seems a long time ago and now here it is again 🙂

  36. June 22, 2015    

    I love watching nature and this write is such a beautiful way to narrate those moments. 🙂

    • June 24, 2015    

      Oh I am so happy to hear you liked the poem.

  37. June 22, 2015    

    Stunning shot…love the bee buzzing. and your poetry is beautiful. Happy Monday.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Oh I am so humbled Snap…thank you!

  38. June 22, 2015    

    Lovely images, both in photos and words, of what must be a beautiful and welcoming garden space.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Thanks Kim…and my garden is my solace!

  39. June 22, 2015    

    Love how you noticing the ‘summer delights’, love the pic too… 🙂

  40. June 22, 2015    

    Your poem sure brings back memories of my childhood…innocent joys! Happy summer my friend. Hugs, Diane

  41. June 22, 2015    

    A perfect poem about the delights of summer. Your blossoms are beautiful as always Donna. Thanks so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro ♥

    • June 24, 2015    

      Summer is just so delightful I had to share it!

  42. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    June 22, 2015    

    Without the bees, you and I know how much trouble we’d be in. A nice summer poem Donna.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  43. June 23, 2015    

    What a sensitive poem-tribute to summer, Donna! Beautiful thoughts!! Have a great summer, sunny and full of joy!

    • June 24, 2015    

      Oh thank you Alexa…Happy Summer to you too!

  44. June 23, 2015    

    Watching pollinators is so enjoyable and relaxing to me…. Lovely poem….

    • June 24, 2015    

      Thanks Michelle…I was watching them again today.

  45. June 24, 2015    

    A lovely joyful poem. I was returning from my holidays on solstice day and I still haven’t quite recovered and got my time clock in order after the hour changing backward and forward.

    • June 24, 2015    

      Oh my that must really mess with your internal clock Cherie!

  46. June 25, 2015    

    It’s always great to see visitors in the garden. I love the first capture.

  47. June 27, 2015    

    Your download image is well illustrated and complimented by your words.

  48. June 27, 2015    

    Thanks Donna! I have fun putting those together….

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