- Summer Poems by The Editors
Morningside Heights, July by William Matthews
Haze. Three student violists boarding
a bus. A clatter of jackhammers.
To Go to Lvov by Adam Zagajewski
To go to Lvov. Which station
for Lvov, if not in a dream, at dawn, when dew
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin
At first, I didn’t notice what a noise
The weddings made
Each station that we stopped at
On the Move by Thom Gunn
On motorcycles, up the road, they come:
Small, black, as flies hanging in heat, the Boys
Sumer is I-cumin in by Anonymous
Sing, cuccu, nu. Sing, cuccu.
Sing, cuccu. Sing, cuccu, nu.
Bath by Amy Lowell
The day is fresh-washed and fair, and there is a smell of tulips and narcissus in the air.
The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Fireflies in the Garden by Robert Frost
Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating flies,
Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
Summer in Nature
Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout by Gary Snyder
Down valley a smoke haze
Three days heat, after five days rain
More Than Enough by Marge Piercy
The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
Insect Life of Florida by Lynda Hull
In those days I thought their endless thrum
was the great wheel that turned the days, the nights.
One With The Sun by A.F. Moritz
one with the sun
In the Mushroom Summer by David Mason
Colorado turns Kyoto in a shower,
mist in the pines so thick the crows delight
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play.
First Girls in Little League Baseball by J. Patrick Lewis
Now what you hear, as flags unfurl,
Is "Atta boy!" and "Atta girl!"
The crowd at the ball game by William Carlos Williams
The crowd at the ball game
is moved uniformly
Clothespins by Stuart Dybek
I once hit clothespins
for the Chicago Cubs.
Baseball by Gail Mazur
The game of baseball is not a metaphor
and I know it’s not really life.
Moths by Jennifer O'Grady
Adrift in the liberating, late light
of August, delicate, frivolous
Summer at North Farm by Stephen Kuusisto
Fires, always fires after midnight,
the sun depending in the purple birches
Jet by Tony Hoagland
Sometimes I wish I were still out
on the back porch, drinking jet fuel
Midsummer by Robert Fitzgerald
The adolescent night, breath of the town,
Porchswings and whispers, maple leaves unseen
The Mower to the Glow-Worms by Andrew Marvell
Ye living lamps, by whose dear light
The nightingale does sit so late
In Defense of Our Overgrown Garden by Matthea Harvey
Last night the apple trees shook and gave each lettuce a heart
Six hard red apples broke through the greenhouse glass and
The Fact of the Garden by Minnie Bruce Pratt
With this rain I am satisfied we will be together
in the spring. Seeds of water on my window glass
Paths by John Montague
We had two gardens.
A real flower garden
The Definition of Gardening by James Tate
Jim just loves to garden, yes he does.
He likes nothing better than to put on
Vespers [In your extended absence, you permit me] by Louise Glück
In your extended absence, you permit me
use of earth, anticipating
Early Cascade by Lucia Perillo
I couldn't have waited. By the time you return
it would have rotted on the vine.
Planting the Meadow by Mary Makofske
I leave the formal garden of schedules
where hours hedge me, clip the errant sprigs
Mowing by Robert Wrigley
Sleepy and suburban at dusk,
I learn again the yard’s
In These Soft Trinities by Patricia Goedicke
Whenever I see two women
crowned, constellated friends
The Butterfly’s Dream by Hannah F. Gould
A tulip, just opened, had offered to hold
A butterfly, gaudy and gay;
The Children by Mark Jarman
The children are hiding among the raspberry canes.
They look big to one another, the garden small.
End of the Summer
Three Songs at the End of Summer by Jane Kenyon
A second crop of hay lies cut
and turned. Five gleaming crows
Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney
Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
Last August Hours Before the Year 2000 by Naomi Shihab Nye
Spun silk of mercy,
Bright Leaf by Ellen Bryant Voigt
Like words put to a song, the bunched tobacco leaves
are strung along a stick, the women
A Dirge by Christina Rossetti
Why were you born when the snow was falling?
You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling