Tuesday, August 8, 2017


 by Helen Hunt Jackson

Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry.
Pathetic summer seeks by blazonry
Of color to conceal her swift decrease.
Weak subterfuge! Each mocking day doth fleece
A blossom, and lay bare her poverty.
Poor middle-agèd summer! Vain this show!
Whole fields of golden-rod cannot offset
One meadow with a single violet;
And well the singing thrush and lily know,
Spite of all artifice which her regret
Can deck in splendid guise, their time to go!


Anonymous said...

Hi, Joe, If it's August, are you going on vacation? If so, where? Back to the deep south and your family? R.

Joe said...

Since I took a vacation home to Alabama in July, I won't be going anywhere this August. My next vacation will probably be in November when I turn 40. I'm thinking of either going back to Montreal or to NYC. I do plan to do something special for my birthday.