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Poetry Sunday-Summersweet






Sweet warm fragrance catches the wind,

Explodes with all your senses drawn in.

While the sun dances through the greening leaves,

Unto the flowers the colors do cleave.



Pollinators catch sight as they fly on by,

Stopping for a sip, letting out a sigh.

They know the secret of this summer sweet swoon,

And you’ll know it too when you nourish this bloom.



So keep her head in part sun, and her feet somewhat wet-

And oh the rewards in late summer you will get!



 © Donna Donabella 2015




I am taking a break from my series of summer poems.  I originally wrote this poem in 2012 to accompany a post to profile the native plant, Summersweet as it was blooming in high summer.


The original poem is just 4 lines (the first 2 and last 2 in this poem).  I recently added several more lines to the poem to pour out my love for this flowering shrub as it begins to bloom now.  I look forward to it every year in late July or early August.




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.

summersweet collage

I am joining in a 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 pictures here are of my native Summersweet bush also known as Clethra alnifolia, ‘Ruby Spice’.




I leave you with a few additional words about Summersweet.  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. July 26, 2015    

    lovely DoF on the main photo, Donna.

    this is like an ode or a song of summersweet blooms 🙂

    i like the use of pollinators here

    • July 28, 2015    

      Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment totomai….summer-a perfect season to sing an ode with pollinators flying about!

  2. July 26, 2015    

    What a delightful summery flowery poem this is.

    • July 28, 2015    

      Thanks Robin….I don’t write enough poems about specific flowers….they are fun to compose!

  3. July 26, 2015    

    Stopping for a sip, letting out a sigh. – isn’t this so much like life…busy bees that we is good to stand still a minute and savour the world around us – just as you did here

    • July 28, 2015    

      You know Jae it is amazing how life is written into our poems even when we don’t even realize it at first sometimes….so glad you enjoyed the pause and sip!

  4. July 26, 2015    

    They know the secret of this summer sweet swoon,
    And you’ll know it too when you nourish this bloom.

    This seems like a beautiful ode to gardening.. and rejoicing in the delights of summer 🙂 Flowers bring such a lot of joy don’t they? 😀
    Beautifully penned! Hope you’re well. Happy Sunday 😀

    Lots of love,

    • July 28, 2015    

      I am well Sanaa…taking it slower this summer to savor the garden and all it holds….happy you really enjoyed the Summersweet! 🙂

  5. July 26, 2015    

    “And you’ll know it too when you nourish this bloom.”…this seems to be the secret of all happiness…another summer beauty Donna…

    • July 28, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sumana…yes we do need to nourish ourselves if we want to bloom….so glad you went deeper into this poem with me!

  6. July 26, 2015    

    I love this plant! Have both Vanilla Spice and Ruby Spice. Your first photo is dreamy.

    • July 28, 2015    

      Thanks so much for dropping by my new blog Janet…I love both these clethras….they are such a dreamy bloom!

  7. July 26, 2015    

    Such a light and summery poem, I enjoyed it

    • July 28, 2015    

      That does please me…thanks so much!

  8. July 26, 2015    

    Like the sweet balance you achieve her with this short and simple form – very nicely done Donna…

    • July 28, 2015    

      Thanks so much Scott…I appreciate the lovely critique!

  9. July 26, 2015    

    Hi Donna–both the flowers and the verse are so lovely–such a magical feel here

    • July 28, 2015    

      Ah then I am so pleased…glad that it all worked so well in this post!

  10. Leo Leo
    July 26, 2015    

    Wow. That poem, matched by the beauty of the first picture, so wonderful, Donna. 🙂 Loved it.

    • July 28, 2015    

      High praise indeed and so thankful for your kind words Leo!

  11. July 26, 2015    

    This is a feast for the senses… yum! Especially the last stanza.

    • July 28, 2015    

      I did have fun ending this poem so I am pleased you really enjoyed it Magaly!

  12. July 26, 2015    

    The more pollinators in the area the better! I am thankful for them & for all of the blooms that result. Well expressed.

    • July 28, 2015    

      Thanks Mary…love my pollinators too! They bring flowers and veggies here in my garden!

  13. July 26, 2015    

    I wrote THE most beautiful comment for you. Really. Then as I pressed ‘post’, I lost my internet cconnection. So now I am just writing a mediocre comment. Sorry.
    Ha. My comment may be mediocre, but your poem and photos are not. I would wait too for the blossoming of such a pretty shrub. Lovely. Thank you Donna.

    • July 28, 2015    

      Oh Myrna I am so humbled with your beautiful comment…not mediocre at all! Much gratitude!

  14. July 26, 2015    

    I love this Summer Sweet!

    • July 28, 2015    

      It is even a stunning dried bloom all winter for me too…catches the snow perfectly!

  15. July 26, 2015    

    One of the ways that I “nourish the bloom” is by writing poetry, and it’s obvious that you do too!

    • July 28, 2015    

      Indeed I do…I can tell we are kindred spirits!

  16. July 26, 2015    

    Love those plants which we look forward to seeing every year. Welcoming a friend home again.

    • July 28, 2015    

      Soosie that is a beautiful way to put it…thank you!

  17. July 26, 2015    

    This is such a delightful read! Lovely.

  18. July 26, 2015    

    Oh so lovely a bloom, and with the perfect name!!!!!!! Loved this post, kiddo.

    • July 28, 2015    

      It is a perfect name for this flower Sherry….so glad you loved it!

  19. July 26, 2015    

    Another fabulous post, Donna … your poem lovely and fresh with a touch of whimsy. Very cool!

    • July 28, 2015    

      Wendy I am pleased you enjoyed the whimsy and bloom!

  20. July 26, 2015    

    We are finally getting some summer…lovely post Donna

    • July 28, 2015    

      I am so pleased to see summer finally here too Michelle!

  21. July 27, 2015    

    Butterflies and blossoms, beautiful. Love your photos,


  22. July 27, 2015    

    Beautiful 2012 poem, Donna. The summer really brings out your creativity.

    • July 28, 2015    

      I think nature is a wonderful muse Donna…I really enjoyed taking the shorter 2012 poem and expanding it….glad you enjoyed it!

  23. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    July 27, 2015    

    Such beautiful pictures with the words to compliment them!

    • July 28, 2015    

      Grateful for such lovely praise Kerry!

  24. July 27, 2015    

    Can’t wait to have more fresh veggies.

    • July 28, 2015    

      It is amazing each day what we can find growing in the veg garden!

  25. July 28, 2015    

    Beautiful flowers and poem 🙂

  26. July 28, 2015    

    Hope you’ll come link up –

  27. July 28, 2015    

    This is so sweet, Donna 🙂 This reminds me of my walk to work. There’s a yard I pass and I can always smell the sweet blooms when I’m a few houses away. It’s one of my favorite parts of my walk 🙂

    • July 28, 2015    

      Oh Torie what a magnificent walk to work you must have!

  28. Karen S. Karen S.
    July 28, 2015    

    Now this was a perfect, pretty post to read on any afternoon!

    • July 28, 2015    

      Thank you Karen…how nice of you to say so!

  29. CC CC
    July 28, 2015    

    Yes! There are definite rewards 🙂

  30. July 28, 2015    

    Hi Donna, the summer sweet is beautiful. Your first photograph is amazingly beautiful! Hope you’re having a good summer! Isn’t retirement great!??!

    • July 28, 2015    

      It is indeed Beth and summer has been lovely! New memories made each summer…so wonderful that you really enjoyed the post!

  31. July 28, 2015    

    I love all of the flutters they attract……they look a lot more delicate in your pictures
    than the ones I know here. Something about the name makes me swoon just a bit:)
    Thanks for sharing the blossoms from where you Summer:)
    (and those words! wonderful)

    • July 28, 2015    

      I love cutting them and putting them in a vase too Jennifer….so pleased you swooned a bit….love your visits my friend!

  32. July 29, 2015    

    The inclusion of a little bit of gardening advice made me smile.

    • July 29, 2015    

      I just couldn’t resist Rosemary! Glad you enjoyed it….

  33. July 30, 2015    

    I love the name of this flower ~ Summersweet! Perfect poem & image to convey the sweetness of summer. You have the most beautiful garden, Donna. One day, I’ll get there ~ you inspire me in words & pictures 🙂

    • July 30, 2015    

      Oh Loredana. There is no bigger compliment than to inspire….and you inspired me to pursue poetry and connect with Poets United. Thank you for that my friend!

  34. July 30, 2015    

    A sweet summer poem …made me smile 🙂

    • July 30, 2015    

      Then I feel very satisfied Deb…what more could a writer and poet wish for!

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