Sunday, June 16, 2019

What is so Rare as a Day in June?

No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
And what is so rare as a day in June?

Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;

Every clod feels a stir of might,
An instinct within it that reaches and towers,
And, groping blindly above it for light,
Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers;
The flush of life may well be seen
Thrilling back over hills and valleys;

The cowslip startles in meadows green,
The buttercup catches the sun in its chalice,
And there's never a leaf nor a blade too mean
To be some happy creature's palace;

Now is the high-tide of the year,
And whatever of life hath ebbed away
Comes flooding back, with a ripply cheer,
Into every bare inlet and creek and bay;

Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it,
We are happy now because God wills it;
No matter how barren the past may have been,

'T is enough for us now that the leaves are green;
We sit in the warm shade and feel right well
How the sap creeps up and the blossoms swell;

We may shut our eyes, but we cannot help knowing
That skies are clear and grass is growing;
The breeze comes whispering in our ear
That dandelions are blossoming near. 
                         ~James Russel Lowell
                                       The Vision of Sir Launfal 


  1. Wonderful poem and photos, Joanna. You've captured the essence of these days perfectly! Your garden is looking full and lush, such a contrast to only a couple months ago! Nature's miracles performed before our very eyes. :)

    1. Thanks Eliza. :) It's really wonderful how quickly things happen this time of year! Just being gone for a few days I couldn't believe how much everything grew while I was away!

  2. Is that your dog? Such a look of happiness running through the meadow.

    1. Yes, that is Carina. She's a happy mommy of two puppies right now! :)

  3. Gorgeous images. The pic of your dog made me smile.