Unexpected summer

We had no internet for a couple of days, got a lot of revision done. It’s just back and so is summer. 24°C yesterday 34°C today.

I have missed the damselflies, their gem-stone glow among the tree shadows along the stream, the sapphire and emerald, turquoise and garnet against the slow dark water. When the sky has been a stormy sea and the meadows an ocean of waving waterweed, I have missed the light.

Now the sun clouds have broken, tame as sheep and horses, and nothing trammels the summer sun, insect-light fill the shade. And in the sun among mauve banks of mint and pennyroyal, teasel and thistle, the flutter of butterfly wings, every shade of russet orange splashed with white and streaked with black, is so dense, their silence seems impossible.

The air moves and the poplars sigh like the sea, foaming on the strand, breathing butterfly and dragonfly so loud I can scarce hear the gentle piping of the birds. Later weighed down by the growing heat, the breeze dies and even the poplars fall silent.

From cold clear night of crystal stars, the day rises to a crescendo of heat, and the meadow combusts in butterfly wings.

By the house, flowers hang limp. A dragonfly zips and whirrs like a clockwork toy.

this world rolls skyward
evening clouds dove-grey— a
new moon sets in gold


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

12 thoughts on “Unexpected summer”

  1. I was wondering where you were! This is so beautiful–a glorious portrait of your world–sights and sounds.
    I’m glad it’s warmed-up for you. 😀

    We have an excessive heat warning beginning tomorrow. It’s about 90F now, but I guess more humid than where you live. Tomorrow it will be in the high 90s, but will feel like it’s much hotter.

    1. Thank you 🙂 Yes, it warmed up very quickly. It was 93°F in your money today but it’s only just started. It will get quite a bit hotter.
      The heat is a lot drier here I think. It was just pleasant today and so many butterflies! It was like spontaneous combustion, hundreds of them. Thank goodness the meadow flowers are growing back after the haymaking so there’s plenty of nectar for them.

      1. They’re different species to the early summer butterflies. Lots of meadow browns and fritilleries and other orange ones I haven’t identified, white, marbled white and more peacocks than earlier.

  2. I’m doffing my meagerly poetic hat & bowing before thee, Guru. I’m not surprised that Frank re-blogged you (me, too!) today.

    If someone asked me how to create a perfect haibun, I’d link them here.


    1. Thank you, Ron! I’m pleased you like this. I didn’t intend it to be a haibun, was just writing down impressions after a long wait for the clouds to lift. It ended up the way it ended up, rounded off with a haiku 🙂

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