Summer Lament

summer collage

 

This lovely poem by Joyce Rupp speaks out loud what many are feeling as summer wanes and life moves in and out with the season.

Goodbye to Summer

Impermanence,
transformation,
seasonal change,
goodbyes.
Call it by whatever name,
its bound to leave a crusty
mark
on my reluctant spirit.

 

The time has come to end
my light-filled
summertime
when I floated on emerald
wings.
Now I stand here by the
patio door
looking out at naked trees.

 

Overnight, determined rain
pressed
nearly every leaf to the
ground.
Only a landscape of
emptiness remains
where once there lived
contented fullness.

 

I take a deep breath, give a
sigh
of resignation, gather my
precious
remembrance of those
succulent months
while my memory takes
one last, grateful look
at summer’s dewy
dawns.

 

Now is the time to yield, to
enter
the next turning, accept
the stark contrast
of barrenness in place of
fullness.

 

As I turn away from the
emptied trees
I take my generous basket
of summer
with me, trusting it has
stored
enough to see me through
until the time of melting
snow.

by Joyce Rupp in My Soul Feels Lean

 

 http://www.amazon.com/My-Soul-Feels-Lean-Restoration/dp/1933495561

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Summer Lament

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous poem, Rita. My barefoot summer in these sunny mountains has been nothing short of spectacular.

    I take a deep breath, give a
    sigh
    of resignation, gather my
    precious
    remembrance of those
    succulent months
    while my memory takes
    one last, grateful look
    at summer’s dewy
    dawns.

    The poem is so wise in telling us to soak up the sun while we can and embrace the only constant – change.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  2. Rita — Thanks for this beautiful poem by Joyce Rupp. Is it from one of her books? If so, which one? I love your photo too! Paula

    • Sorry, Paula, I added the book link after you read it probably. The poem is in My Soul Feels Lean: Poems.of Loss and Restoration. Be well.

      Blessings, Rita

      Sent from my Kindle Fire

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