End of Summer

Summer has officially  ended, though you would never know that by looking at the triple digit temperatures outside. Perhaps once the weather gets cooler, I’ll be more motivated to post here more frequently, or will at least be less distracted by the opportunities of a beautiful day. Due to a rapidly diminishing number of requests, here is a poem I feel is appropritae for the passing of another season. Be well, and enjoy the weekend.

The Summer Day
(with gratitude to Holy)

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


Mary Oliver

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14 Responses to End of Summer

  1. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge, A very fitting poem for the change of seasons. The joy and wonder of life is indeed a blessing. Wish you and yours a very fine weekend andas ever be well, my friend

  2. Lisa says:

    Jorge, this poem by Mary Oliver has been one of my most favorite for quite awhile now and I\’m so glad that you have shared it with everybody. And I adore her attribution as well. 😉

  3. redvelvet says:

    I love this poem . . . Thanks for sharing . . . Have a great weekend . . . 🙂

  4. PJ says:

    Good Morning Jorge,Thanks for sharing and I am happy to see that you are still "around". Until next time…Keep smiling.

  5. LORI says:

    Hello Jorge,I love this poem. It is beautiful and poignant. Now the leaves are starting to turn colors in Minnesota.

  6. Fenix says:

    Hi JorgeI am at home again. I don\’t know if I\’ll go back there soon. Whis you a nice weekHugs

  7. J says:

    Hi Jorge, so good to hear from you again. I\’ve spent a life trying to answer some of the questions in this poem. The answers are still running on the questions of, what else should I have done and, what will I do with this one wild and precious life.!? And, now one more, was that a question or a statement?j

  8. Beth says:

    A great poem Jorge filled with meaning.

  9. Gayle says:

    Nice to see you stopped by and left a comment. Glad to read that you have been out and about and, as always, the poetry you share is a gift. Love to you and yours…Gayle

  10. Lisa ♥ says:

    I love the Work of Mary Oliver .She is Brilliant and so glad to see it here and you posting. Thanks for letting me know you had and I would love it and I do.Im glad you may start posting more now that Fall is here and Winter is on our doorstep. It is on mine .Its going to freeze again tonight and I sure feel it in both my hands. Working hard as well . Have a Great Week JorgeLisa

  11. Lisa ♥ says:

    I have two of her Books . One is Called Red Bird and the Other Evidence. I think this Poem is in the Book Evidence. Thanks again for this Beautiful Entry

  12. Holy says:

    Yes, it\’s time for a poem on fall. Wind, falling leaves, chill in the air….My daughter tells me this is her favorite season. I concur.Hope you are well…I\’m thinking you must be gearing up for another trip soon – wonder where it will be? Can you pick another place I\’ve always wanted to go to? I\’ll travel vicariously through you.TC, Holy

  13. Jana says:

    Hi Jorge!I hope the temperature dropped down by now. here in MA we have a lovely fall weather and I am enjoying it very much!Thank you for your comment about Prague. Another person who can understand my feelings.The poem is nice and leaves us with a lot of questions.

  14. Brian says:

    That was lovely friend; thank you.

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