September 1, 2014
Labor Day

First Monday of September, but no work.

Last weekend (unofficially) of summer and then:

back to work or school, cooler weather.

For me, always a student or teacher,

the real New Year’s Day. Without champagne.


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August 8, 2014

Feeling the pressure of summer fun.

(Source: burgertv, via rhet-eric)

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August 2, 2014
This summer night feels more like autumn

This summer night feels more like autumn

The fireflies are dark. Katydids are quiet.

In the orchard, fruit fall startles deer.

Wind chimes sound oddly dull single notes.

Window cricket singing a death song too early.

Temperature falling, pull a blanket around you.

Singing Cricket

Singing Cricket

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July 30, 2014
Thoughts of Winter in the Middle of Summer

Thoughts of Winter in the Middle of Summer

The past few days my post on Signs in Nature of Winter to Come has been one of the most read articles. That is odd. It’s still summer for almost two more months. Then there is still the wonderful autumn.

Are people already thinking about winter?

Maybe it has been hot where they are sitting at their computer and the thought of a crisp winter day sounds appealing. I will admit that I had that…

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July 23, 2014
Further proof that the universe is always seeking balance.

Further proof that the universe is always seeking balance.

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July 16, 2014
Wiffle Ball

In summer Jersey streets and narrow driveways

not urban enough for stickball, we played

kickball, freeze tag, dodgeball and wiffle ball.

I whiffed in many at-bats, happy strikeouts,

yellow plastic bat to curveballs, sinkers, risers.

wiffle ball

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July 11, 2014
Summer School

Summer is the off season for schools,

but the learning continues in its ways

We teach, and then we are gone.

What more can we do but plant

a few seeds and hope for rain.

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June 30, 2014
Mid-Year’s Eve

Mid-Year’s Eve

Halfway through the year, but early summer

feels to me like a new year.

Fresh green growth untouched by heat, drought,

insects, disease or harvest. We’re halfway home.

I see a light. I  smell dinner.


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June 25, 2014
Morning Matcha Tea

This early morning’s organic matcha powder tea

ground from fine Japanese green tea leaves

for my not-traditional tea ceremony of summer

whisked in a bowl , water lightly boiling,

frothy, bright green, sip from summer passed -

present in one cup of the past

Bamboo wire whisk and japanese tea

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June 21, 2014

Solstice, sol sistere, sun to stand still.

Not that it did stand still today,

but we paused for a celestial moment

to consider that summer in the north

and winter in the south had arrived.

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June 21, 2014
"In summer, the song sings itself."

—   William Carlos Williams

June 21, 2014

A summer river being crossed
how pleasing
with sandals in my hands!

Evening breeze -
water is slapping against the legs
of a blue heron.

Short summer night.
A dewdrop
On the back of a hairy caterpillar

In the summer rain
The path
Has disappeared.


4 haiku by Yosa Buson  (1716 ~ 1783)

Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson

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June 21, 2014
It’s Summer and It’s Midsummer (and it’s winter too)

It’s Summer and It’s Midsummer (and it’s winter too)

This solstice brings in summer to the Northern Hemisphere and this year it just moved into place (June 21 at 6:51 A.M. EDT).

The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.

The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium(to stop) from the ancient idea that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter…

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June 20, 2014
Finding a photo of her

Finding a photo of her

from that summer when we were fifteen

that hot day behind the beach house

her bare shoulders, back, arms and legs -

when I suddenly realized she’s a woman

and it startled me.  It startled me.


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May 13, 2014
Cutting the Grass

Today’s first grass cutting of the season.

Tune the mower, new spark, fresh oil.

Hands smelling of gasoline, spring and green.

I like overlapping the wheels’ cutting lines,

the crew-cut evenness of summer to come.


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