Late Summer Poem

iStock_000005311669SmallCool August morning
Open window to sunlight and air
Of Edenic purity

Play of sunlight across telephone wires
Wingèd insects golden flash, disappear
Webbed spiderwork glistens, disappears
Athena’s handmaiden, busy at her loom,
Weaves across telephone wires,
Golden in sunlight,
Vanishes beneath

Flash of bird shadow
Shower of droplets, last night’s rain,
Shimmer of cicada song
Flash, shower, shimmer, vanish, disappear

Maple wing seeds carpet the street
Golden coins of summer’s last spending.

composed August 24, 2014

This poem was inspired by the poetry of one of my favorite bloggers, Elouise ( I wanted to keep the impressions of this morning, but writing them in prose felt like “work” and I needed a day off. Then I thought of Elouise’s lovely nature poetry and realized that was how I wanted to capture these moments. Who knows, maybe I’ll do it again.


  1. ambfoxx said,

    September 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Summer’s last spending.

  2. Nancy Adams said,

    September 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks so much, Amber!

    I just went and liked your latest blog post–talk about the mysteries of synchronicity!!

  3. Elouise said,

    October 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Yes, the bitter-sweet ending of summer. Lovely!

    • Nancy Adams said,

      October 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Thanks, Elouise! And thank you for your poems, which inspired this attempt.

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