Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "Sweet Summer Days" by Dennis Caraher


Sweet Summer Days

The summer sun is nearly done
Frost will follow soon
Asters and chrysanthemums
Light up the afternoon

The dew is on long after dawn
Mornings are a haze
One swallow's song is holding on
In these fading sweet summer days.

We flew across the ocean
Some fell into the sea
God will choose what we will lose
Though we may disagree

We come here to be mended
That we may find our way
We pray that there's redemption
In these fading sweet summer days

Summer months comfort us
The sun comes with sustenance
We live for its lingering light

Days slip away from us
Katydids and crickets hush
We drift into lengthening night.

We were once our children
Too soon they will be us
All they ask, a simple task:
"Remember how it was".

We hold them close, we let them go
We watch them fly away
And if we trust, they'll come to us
In these fading sweet summer days

Stars they are innumerable
We'll never know them all
But nature's not immutable
Every star will fall

And one day, I'll return to thee
And all that will remain
Is the beauty and the certainty
of these fading sweet summer days

29 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Ahhhhh that is a very beautiful poem and of course Mom went cuckoo over the kitty. Oh how true that poem is too!!!
Madi and MOm

Joann Mannix said...

Remember how it was.

Beautiful, as always, Betty. I'm feeling the melancholy of these fading sweet summer days, lately.

Thanks for another lovely bit of poetry.

Copyboy said...

That season seems to fly by like a fun saturday.

Out on the prairie said...

This is to be a perfect wearher week, everyone would want to live here if it stayed like this.I myself didn't get enough of the beach.

Dawn said...

I think we missed that season!
Supposedly this week is to make up for it though:)
Cute picture!

ds said...

Lovely poem--thanks so much for sharing it. As for the picture, I believe your cat is channelling mine ;)

Old Kitty said...

Awwww lovely! Now off I go to find out what or who are Katydids!

Take care
x

slommler said...

Such a sweet and beautiful poem. Yes the fading summer days! Oh how I will miss the summer!! Sigh!
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian said...

That was very nice! This year I am more than happy to see summer fade...was way too hot!

Baby Sister said...

I loved that. Thank you!! :)

Barb said...

Perfect poem for this time of year.
Summer is still here as we continue to break records. Yuck! Thank God for ac.

Big hugs,
Barb

Nicole said...

Ahh.. the change of the seasons. Lovely.

Digging that gorgeous kitty cat also!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Oh, how lovley! I especially loved the last stanza: "And one day, I'll return to thee
And all that will remain
Is the beauty and the certainty
of these fading sweet summer days."

The photos in the previous post are absolutely stunning, particularly the chairs. I'd love to have that one framed and hung...I don't know...somewhere!

Crystal Cook said...

What a beautiful poem. And I think that put into words how I've always felt about fall. Even though I love it, it's my favorite season, there's something about it that always makes me feel sad. I guess it's that feeling that change happens whether you want it to or not. I like the photo of the kitty too :)

Melly said...

My mom has a cat that looks just like that.

Autumn has arrived. :)

HulaBuns said...

Beautiful poem BB!! Autumn is my favorite time of the year. :)

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Perfect way to say goodbye to summer and hello to Indian summer. That's the Texas version of fall.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Have I told you lately that you are wonderful? You are! Love the photos, the new header...and of course, the fabulous poem!!! Such a treat to visit you! ~Janine XO

Bella said...

Lovely poem! Thanks for sharing.

Daisy said...

Love the picture of the kitty! Nice poem. I hate to see summer end!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice poem, Betty!

And I think your cat is melting.

Ann said...

It's a lovely poem. At first I felt that it was speaking about the seasons on the year but then began to realize that it was more about the seasons of our life. Loved it

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Love that poem and that photo is really cute!
You just made me long for summer, Betty!

Hope your day is going well.

B xx

Jennifer Shirk said...

**deep sigh**
Loved the poem.

Sarah said...

Sweet and a little sad. I'll move to Hawaii if I could so summer never ends.

Jane said...

Love that cat! He looks way tooooo comfy!

Jane

Cheeseboy said...

Love the poem. Summer is almost gone, but it doesn't seem like it here. It was 92 degrees today.

Marlene said...

I wanna cuddle that kitty cat!

Pat Tillett said...

I miss summer already! Maybe that's because we really didn't have one. It was VERY mild here.

We have a cat that looks almost exactly like that!