Monday, September 1, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day -- September 2008

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LATE SEPTEMBER

Tang of fruitage in the air;
Red boughs bursting everywhere;
Shimmering of seeded grass;
Hooded gentians all a'mass.

Warmth of earth, and cloudless wind
Tearing off the husky rind,
Blowing feathered seeds to fall
By the sun-baked, sheltering wall.

Beech trees in a golden haze;
Hardy sumachs all ablaze,
Glowing through the silver birches.
How that pine tree shouts and lurches!

From the sunny door-jamb high,
Swings the shell of a butterfly.
Scrape of insect violins
Through the stubble shrilly dins.

Every blade's a minaret
Where a small muezzin's set,
Loudly calling us to pray
At the miracle of day.

Then the purple-lidded night
Westering comes, her footsteps light
Guided by the radiant boon
Of a sickle-shaped new moon.

--Amy Lowell, Sword Blades and Poppy Seeds, 1915

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For more Garden Bloggers' Muse Day posts visit Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago. 

6 comments:

deb said...

Lovely.

Carolyn gail said...

Thanks, WWW, for that lovely addition to GBMD.

The Organic Viking said...

I would just like to say that the name 'weed wackin' wenches' has cheered me up more than anything else this week so far! Keep up the good work (and I sympathise with squash difficulties in a ridiculously rainy climate).

Shady Gardener said...

Wow! Beautiful combination of flowers and poetry. :-) The poem itself brings such sharp images to mind!

chey said...

Beautiful autumn colors!

Libbys Blog said...

I love the colours. Beautiful!