Fare thee well, oh summer’s day

Fare thee well, oh summer’s day

the golden sun leaking through dark clouds

that play on the horizon and settle blue behind the trees turned orange

it is summer there still, but not on the field

of grass and wheat blown down by winds

brittle and breaking as we pluck stalks for fall decor,

dancing in leaves that fall down,


down from the trees.

bare limbs above dead grass, lost to this world that grows colder each day

that grows shorter minute by minute

until darkness swallows the hours around work.

But the sun will rise again, the clouds will break,

and dead limbs will sprout new leaves.

I will not walk here again in spring of the coming year

or maybe the year after

the world is changing too fast

and I am changing with it

goodbye, summer’s day, I look to see you come again;

and if not in this world, this climate, this land and people,

in the next where gold always paves the streets

and leaves are picked for healing

the Son sits and shines

and we play in summer’s sun all day.

Genesis 8:22, Ecclesiastes 3,  Isaiah 40, 1 Corinthians 15Revelation 22

“10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” 2 Peter 3

Thank You, God, for a day of poetry in the field, Shakespeare and Tolkien and sunshine and wind, and a salutation to summer. To You be the glory! Amen.


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