The Poet Inhales Summer

 

Summer

W.S. Merwin, American poet, born 1927

from The Drunk in the Furnace, 1960

 

Today is Lughnasadh.  Life itself!

 

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Branches and Vine Quilt (Tree of Life), c. 1875 made in Pekin, Illinois of cotton, silk and wool.  Ernestine Eberhardt Zaumzeil, 1828-1904.  Metropolitan Museum, NY

 

 

Be of this brightness dyed

 

 

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Phlox, Mt. Cuba and Winterthur, Delaware, July 2016, 2017 and every year

A modest plant prized for the fact that it is still blooming, in July and August when most of the big showy bushes and trees are done flowering.

 

 

 

 

Whose unwrecking fever
Flings gold before it goes

 

 

 

 

 

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The monarch, Winterthur, Delaware, Summer 2016

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The monarch on a butterfly weed, Mt. Cuba, Summer 2017

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Canada Lilies,  Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware

 

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Blue dogbane setting off swamp sunflower, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, 2015

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Goldenrod, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, 2015

 

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Flower name TBD; Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, Pennsylvania, Summer 2017 

 

 

Into voids finally

 

 

 

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Native, perennial hibiscus thought to be the only one such on the east coast of the US.  Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware

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Hibiscus, the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, 2017  

 

 

 

That have no measure.

 

 

 

Bird-sleep, moonset,

 

 

 

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Birmingham Meeting House, 1931, oil on canvas.  Horace Pippin,1886-1946, American.  Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

An 18th century Quaker Meeting House which still stands near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Island after island,

 

 

 

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 Waterlilies, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, NY

 

 

Be of their hush

 

 

 

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 Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware, 2016 and every year

On this tide that balance

 

 

 

 

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Adrift, 1982, and detail below, tempera on hardboard panel.  Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009, American.  Owned by the artist and his wife and exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum, 2017.

 

 

A time, for a time.

 

 

 

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Adrift, 1982, detail, tempera on hardboard panel.  Andrew Wyeth,     American.  Owned by the artist and his wife and exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum, 2017.

 

 

 

 

Islands are not forever,

Nor this light again,

 

 

 

 

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DSC00188Ferns, even more unpretentious than phlox, standing their ground.  Winterthur, Delaware 2015, 2017 and every year

 

 

Tide-set, brief summer,

 

 

 

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My Summer Studio, and detail, (Gloucester, Massachusetts), c. 1900, oil on canvas.  John Henry Twatchman, 1853-1902, American.  The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

 

 

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Up from the Woods, 1974, oil on canvas.  Carolyn Wyeth, 1909-1994, American.  Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

Be of their secret

 

 

 

 

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The White Lady, 1986-2015, in a garden on High Point Mountain Road, West Shokan, NY.  We were always content there. Happy even.

 

That fears no other.

 

 

 

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