Be of this Brightness Dyed

 

Summer

W.S. Merwin, 1927-2019, American

from The Drunk in the Furnace, 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oakleaf hydrangea, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every Summer

 

 

 

Be of this brightness dyed

 

 

 

 

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Phlox, Mt. Cuba and Winterthur, Delaware, July 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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Native Turk’s Cap and Canada Lilies,  Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer

 

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Blue dogbane setting off black-eyed susans, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer

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Goldenrod, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer

 

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Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, Pennsylvania, every Summer

 

 

 

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, every Summer

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Hibiscus, the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, every Summer

 

 

 

 

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 every Summer

 

 

 

Be of their hush

 

 

 

 

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Indian Pink (as in pinking shears) greeting the oaktree in the meadow garden, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin,  Delaware, every Summer

 

 

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, as above.

 

 

 

Islands are not forever,

Nor this light again,

 

 

 

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Native wild hydrangea varieties (Arborescens) at Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware in 2019

 

 

 

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.  With loving thanks.

 

 

 

That fears no other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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