Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Midsummer"


Midsummer

Midsummer time languishes,
spring's bursting forth
long since soothed -n- settled.

Metallic wings skim over listless ponds,
hover, watch.  Fish slap -n- flop,
birds exchange half-hearted warbles

and sun-glazed horses swish corn-silk tails
as shadows slant long, cool fingers,
cue the katydids to defy season's stupor.

by Margaret Bednar, July 10, 2014


This is what it sounds like in my neck of the woods come night:


This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "Word List for July" - of which I used three words: burst(ing), exchange, defy.


16 comments:

grapeling said...

idyllic, Margaret. Thanks for coming in and adding your voice ~ M

Vandana Sharma said...

Beautiful picture and an equally complementing poem:)

jo-hanna said...

Hello Margaret,
those jumpy bugs would liven things up :-)
a bit like your use of the -n- as a jumpy bit of syntax. Nice

Kerry O'Connor said...

Katydids do sound like summer to me too. I like the way you have suggested their presence in the poem, as part of the bigger picture.

TexWisGirl said...

that's really lovely. enjoyed the sound track, too. :) the photo is perfect for good fences, too. :)

hedgewitch said...

That lazy summer feel just permeates this, Margaret.

Poet Laundry said...

That photo is so striking...love it. And your poem is dead-on. Hope you are enjoying the season!

manicddaily said...

Agh! I long for your summer, Margaret! That languor sounds so great. I know you are not really languorous, but your poem conveys the season's general languor! Thanks. k.

Helen said...

Your photo is truly sun-glazed! Both poem and image beautiful. It is overcast in Bend, don't think we will see the Supermoon tonight. Hopefully, tomorrow.

Jannie Funster said...

Yep, sounds exactly like that around here too! And what a racket when once in a while one of the cats brings in one of those in its maw, via the pet door. Talk about waking you out of a dead sleep!! :)

Cheers, Dear Margaret. And letting you know I'll be back in the studio on my song project this fall. have not forgotten about you on that! (As if I ever could.)

xooxox

Heaven said...

I feel lazy in midsummer now - listless and exchanging half-hearted warbles like the birds ~

Wishing you happy weekend ~

Magaly Guerrero said...

The last stanza whittles like a cool wind. Love the sounds...

Magaly Guerrero said...

Ha! My "whittles" were supposed to be "whistles." But I guess the winds can cut a bit, if they like. ;-)

Marian said...

katydids defying summer stupor, yes!

kaykuala said...

The katydids sound fulfilling as though they were just waiting for the occasion to open up. Nicely Marge!

Hank

Hannah said...

You paint with words!! Lovely, Margaret!