Summer Senses



When green grows bold and paints the land

with emeralds in verdant hand,

and mourning doves in cloaks of grey

lure shadows down from Milky Way,

you see it’s summer.

When peonies let loose their scent

in waves of summer sentiment,

and lilacs dab behind their ears

with French perfume to rival peers,

you smell it’s summer.

When watermelon drips in creeks

down saturated, pink-stained cheeks

and rhubarb tartly wraps itself

in pies and cobblers on each shelf,

you taste it’s summer.

When breezes tickle sun-tanned skin

and Sunshine hugs each friend as kin,

the grass grows silky carpet-down

and sand meets shore where toes are found,

you feel it’s summer.

When wrennish scolding shames the cat

from lurking where the nest is at,

and children’s cries of pure delight

rival fireworks at night,

you hear it’s summer.


37 comments on “Summer Senses

  1. “and lilacs dab behind their ears with French perfume…” – lovely! We now know it truly is summer 🙂

  2. Heidi Viars says:

    ah, yes, summer has a way of tickling our senses … let’s store up these marvelous memories and draw from them in the seasons to come! Love this Melody!!!

    • melodylowes says:

      There is a lovely Leo Lionni picture book about a mouse storing up colours and words when the others were storing up seeds for winter – that’s just what we can do, isn’t it?? 😉

  3. ladyhawk87 says:

    You are so good at this. Where did you learn how to write like this? I am such a fan! 🙂

    • melodylowes says:

      Aw, thanks so much. I have no training – my words come from a heart that lost its voice for years, and now that I have connected to it, it spills out! It is truly a joy to have stumbled across this little gift that was hidden for so long. I really love that other people seem to connect with the things I see and feel, too – thanks for being a part of this amazing journey with me!

  4. lylekrahn says:

    Among so many good phrases, I liked “summer sentiment.”

  5. This is beautiful and catches summer…still much appreciated after that long winter…eh?!

  6. Oh Mel, Mel, Mel–I LOVE this!! What a perfectly wonderful summer poem–great job!!

  7. Gallivanta says:

    Perfect, delicious summer. And the doves are beautiful.

  8. russtowne says:

    This could become a classic, my friend.

  9. Pam says:

    what joy this piece holds! thank you

  10. Wonderful pic of the morning doves. This brings me right back to my childhood when we had a pair of morning doves that nested in our tree. I can hear them cooing away. Your poem was a wonderful tribute to summer just the way I remember it as a kid. I am having a lot of trouble with my asthma it has been a very hot and humid summer here and it is reaking havoc with my breathing so I am stuck in doors. But when I read your poem it’s like I am actually there in the moments you share. Your blog is always uplifting and I so enjoy the words you write!

    • melodylowes says:

      Ah, I’m sorry to hear that your asthma is holding you back from enjoying your summer outdoors. Thanks so much for your ‘visits’ to my garden – I’m so glad that you are able to enjoy something vicariously!! 🙂

  11. kenneturner says:

    So nice to the eyes.

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