Monday, July 13, 2009

It is July!


When the scarlet cardinal tells
Her dream to the dragonfly,
And the lazy breeze makes a nest in the trees,
And murmurs a lullaby,
It is July.

When the tangled cobweb pulls
The cornflower's cap awry,
And the lilies tall lean over the wall
To bow to the butterfly,
It is July.

When the heat like a mist veil floats,
And poppies flame in the rye,
And the silver note in the streamlet's throat
Has softened almost to a sigh,
It is July.

When the hours are so still that time
Forgets them, and lets them lie
'Neath petals pink till the night stars wink
At the sunset in the sky,
It is July.

by Susan Hartley Swett

*sigh* I found this poem in the 1967 Childcraft The How and Why Library which I believe came with a set of World Book encyclopedias my grandparents bought. As a child, I loved these books, and when we finally gave away the encyclopedias, I could not bear to part with these. I believe it is a set of fifteen volumes. This one is the Poems and Rhymes volume. Don't you love the Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe illustration? I know just how she feels. Hooray for "vintage" books!

If you'd like to read a blog entry that will take you straight to a summer day at the lake/river, go here and Blue Yonder will take you there. Happy July!


Sharon Lovejoy said...

Don't feel badly about not being able to figure out how to do it all-and beautifully, or at least well. I used to feed my son his fried chicken dinners in the bathtub to cut out the mess.

Thank you for reading my book Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots, which was done because of not only my love of gardens and nature, but also because of my love for children.

My new book will be out in Januray. It is called Secrets of a Magical Granny. Join me in the pages!

I wish you all the joys of a family, nature, & reading.

Sharon Lovejoy

Christy said...

What a lovely poem - and sounds like a great collection of books. I wouldn't be able to part with them either!

Love your blog design, by the way...not sure if I'd already told you so or not!

mel said...

I love that poem. But I'm still ready for fall! ;)

Those books sound awesome! The boys are going to love them as they're growing up.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Vintage books are wonderful. Especially when they are passed down through generations.

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Very sweet. I absolutely love summer!