Our wettest August for 100 years

Posted: September 9, 2012 in nature poems, Poetry

At dversepoets Mary Kling is enncouraging us to look to Autumn … and after the summer we’ve had I’monly too glad to do that!

Summer curls up at the edges.
Trees shrug it away.
Wearied leaves begin to brown and crunch,
worn down by rain-lashed months.
Crops have been beaten senseless.
Barley and wheat fields wasted,
their sentineled ranks mauled and flattened.
Whole woods, mud-booted, wet-bent,
cling to ridges, huddle in valleys,
waiting in vain for warmer days.
They never threatened to arrive.
Mocking sun makes a late lusty effort,
burning backs of retreating tourists
and kids skulking back to school.
But it’s too late for serious warmth.
Mist-shrouded, diamond-dewed mornings
herald a coolness.
Sun buries itself earlier in the day.
Freshness cloaks the air
and wilting trees mourn
a summer that never came.

  1. Paul Tobin says:

    I think you capture this summer very well. I like the mud booted, wet bent line. A good poem.

  2. Mary says:

    It seems summer was much different in your part of the world. Where I live we could have used some of that rain you got. You used some beautiful wordings in your poem. I especially liked “Mist-shrouded, diamond-dewed mornings. ” Despite your lack of ‘summer,’ I hope you have a beautiful fall.

  3. brian miller says:

    the late lusty effort of the sun…which mocks…ha…i def agree you capture the fading stage light well…nice touch as well on the trees mourning in your closing lines…

  4. poemsofhateandhope says:

    Really like the whole theme running through this that paints our summer as ‘lacklustre’- which is true! This echoes of disappointment and let downs- which I actually think is a very cool way to describe Autumn indirectly….great take on the prompt

  5. Claudia says:

    ugh…a summer that never came…for you in the UK it was really tough..hopefully a wonderful autumn will make up for the lost summer..

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