Sum(mer) sonnet

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If I were to engineer a blind here
obscuring all of this bright summer’s day,
and thru the tiniest chink, like Vermeer
or Newton, a memory-spectrum display.

In these lines discern: a season’s first swim,
long lilac hedges, the noise of golden bees,
that black dog I meet and meet again,
& beneath my pram the old dog still dreams.

The mud on your knees, that high yellow flame.
Oranges in Cordoba where we drank wine
gorged green olives and danced once again…

Ha, now my neighbour’s blowin Summertime
on his sax. What’s that? A simple sum explains
(plus winter’s end & sprinklers’ silver rains).


Image: my garden this morning (danged auto-focus)
Written for Dverse – Poetics – something positive with rain.
Here’s Ahmad Jamal – Poinciana – for those missing summer already.

20 thoughts on “Sum(mer) sonnet

  1. I like the idea of a blind as a camera obscura, Peter, and love the lines:
    ‘The mud on your knees, that high yellow flame.
    Oranges in Cordoba where we drank wine
    gorged green olives and danced once again…’
    and
    ‘Ha, now my neighbour’s blowin Summertime
    on his sax.’

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  2. I struggle so with sonnets that I always read them in amazement when they appear as posts on dVerse. And this one is done so well. Like Bjorn, love the ending…and the wailing of a sax in that amazing piece, Summertime. Most especially, I love this line:
    “long lilac hedges where labour golden bees,”
    In Boston, we have Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum. It’s the only time the Arboretum is open to picnicking. They have a world renowned lane of lilacs that seems to go on forever, and up a hill as well. The scent is heavenly….we go every year. Your line brought back all that sweetness….the sweet scent of summer. 🙂

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