Monday, September 1, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day -- September 2008


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


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


deb said...


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!