Fluttery Summer Whispers

There’s so much commotion
in the garden today,
nature’s busy town square;
eager bees deep in petunia hearts,
moments of shared passion –
summer’s lust.
Ornamental grasses wave,
coaxed into Chinese whispers
by a playful breeze,
butterflies dizzy with
A red admiral is stunned;
it’s all too much for her,
fragile wings quiver, exhausted
and she stops, completely used up.
I fear she must be dead,
approach her gently, tearful
holding a sorrowful summer prayer.
But she startles me,
opens her rested wings,
snatches it from me –
kindly of course –
and flies off into the quieter blue.
Perhaps she will save it
for a rainy day.


42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lscotthoughts
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 15:57:04

    What a lovely picture you paint, Chris, and I’m so glad your red admiral was able to fly off into “the quieter blue.” Very beautiful words, my friend. Have a beautiful day, too! HBL xx ♥


  2. harulawordsthatserve
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 16:01:08

    This is beautiful, and I love the happy ending:-) Wonderfully evocative images, I especially love ‘bees deep in petunia hearts’ – I can almost hear them. Actually, Ill be glad when ‘summer’s lust’ calms a little. I love autumn…H xxx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 07, 2013 @ 09:05:01

      Thank you very much Harula!

      I love all seasons but I have to say the month of July this year was too hot for me! I don’t often say that these days as we haven’t had a real summer for a few years, but its cooled down here now and I am enjoying the sun without the intense heat.
      That said, autumn will be welcome too, especially the colours. 🙂

      Lots of love xxx


  3. leamuse
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 16:37:54

    “Butterflies dizzy with
    So beautiful, the only thing better would be to be there to share it with you. 🙂 xxx


  4. Ina
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 16:40:32

    That is such a sweet picture 🙂 ♥ L&H


  5. Harry
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 17:54:49

    A beautiful poem.


  6. Through My Eyes
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 01:12:03

    This is beautiful Christine, very descriptive. Lovely images 🙂


  7. triciabertram
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 01:15:41

    Ah, Christine, what a beautiful poem. Rich and full of the joys of nature, the possibility of mortality, and the worthiness of the gift of words. The bird takes with her your ‘sorrowful summer prayer’.
    When I read these words I feel I’m sitting just out of sight, seeing what you see, feeling what you feel as I watch you react. I feel a deep joy, knowing that we are forever connected by our words.
    So much love
    Tricia xoxo


    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 07, 2013 @ 11:24:05

      Thanks so much Tricia, this is a lovely comment and I love your words “I feel a deep joy knowing that we are forever connected by our words”

      I seem to appreciate everything at a much deeper level now; it’s one thing my illness has given me,the opportunity to stop and see, really see. 🙂

      Lots of lo e and hugs


  8. leamuse
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 10:13:00

    Inviting and fun! I imagine you out there conducting it all! xxx


  9. bardessdmdenton
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:07:14

    I am coming late to comment on this poem, Christine; but have read it several times over the last few days and can’t get enough of it! Such a stunning use of words and images, like this:
    ‘eager bees deep in petunia hearts,
    moments of shared passion –
    summer’s lust.’
    And the image of the Red Admiral stealing your prayer … wonderful! Bravo! XO ♥


    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:27:12

      Thank you so much Diane! Im so pleased you liked this!

      I am really enjoying pushing my boundaries with my writing toward nature. But quite honestly this one seemed to write itself. I think its because I was there, in the moment, soaking up the whole experience. 🙂

      ❤ Xxxx


  10. suzywordmuser
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 10:57:19

    Aahh – this is really beautiful!♥ So elegantly written and full of summer, I really felt like I was in your garden for a moment! It’s a grey day today where I am, so that brought some elegant butterfly sunshine into my day – thank you! 😀


    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 09, 2013 @ 11:15:06

      Hi Suzy! Thank you so much!

      I enjoyed writing this one though as I said above it seemed to write itself!

      We have a mixed bag of weather today, it cant quite decide what to do. At the moment the sun is here but there are dark clouds looming! 🙂 xxx


  11. Betty Hayes Albright
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 04:35:23

    Oh Christine, I enjoyed this so much! My soul is hungry for nature right now, and you’ve brought us all right into the middle of flowers, bees and butterflies. I love your sensitivity to them all – the prayer for the butterfly, her saving it for a rainy day… This poem feeds my heart, thank you!

    Hope you’ve had a pleasant weekend, and a good week ahead! Hugs to you.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 12, 2013 @ 08:09:52

      Thank you so much. Betty! Im pleased you enjoyed it! It was a lovely moment I was able to share with all these beautiful creatures and the flowers. We have had a real summer this year! It doesnt often happen these days. Our seasons seem to have been rolling into one rather odd one over recent years, but this summer has excelled itself! 🙂

      We have our son and one of the children here for the weekend over from Ireland. He pops over with one at a time frequently so we can keep the bond we have with them going strong. Then they all come over about twice a year. They have three little ones. And we have two over here so five grandchildren now! We are still growing,!

      Have a good week; I hope you are well and settled now in your new suroundings.

      Love and hugs xxx


  12. Cynthia Jobin
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 15:23:57

    This is a strong and lovely poem, Christine….we don’t usually hear of lust and giggle-fits about the garden….and some of the best poems are the “gifts”—the ones that seem to write themselves.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 14, 2013 @ 15:35:19

      Thanks so much Cynthia, for visiting and for this lovely comment.

      This one did indeed seem to write itself; that doesnt happen often for me! So I definitely see it as a “gift” 🙂


  13. beckarooney
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 20:54:24

    This is such a heart warming read, I felt like I was sharing the moment with you because you captured and portrayed it so wonderfully with your sensitive, beautiful words – just lovely! 😀 x


  14. Francina
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 18:17:55

    beautiful poem, your garden sound like a true muse 🙂
    love and hugs xoxo


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Aug 29, 2013 @ 08:37:39

      Thank you Francina! Yes your right, the garden is being a true muse this summer! I think this is the best summer we’ve had or a few years and I have spent much time in the garden now I’m not quite as mobile. Think of what I may well have missed had I not had the opportunity to sit and “be” 🙂 xxx love and hugs xxx


  15. Jackie
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 13:07:37

    I don’t know how I missed this post! I’m so sorry. This is such a wonderful poem – I felt like I was there with you. 😀


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 04, 2013 @ 13:20:59

      Thanks very much Jackie! It was a precious moment in the garden; we have had such a lovely summer this yeat, there have been so many moments like this and they just cry out to be captured 🙂 xx


  16. Fergiemoto
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 20:21:59

    Such wonderful and delightful imagery in this poem, Christine!
    How lovely to enjoy nature this way!


  17. CC Champagne
    May 30, 2014 @ 17:35:40

    I love the idea that she saves your summer prayer for a rainy day! Beautiful write!


    • journeyintopoetry
      May 30, 2014 @ 18:18:04

      Thank you very much CC! I have no idea where my screensaver photo went! And now WP wont let me add it again! Grr!…. 😊


      • CC Champagne
        May 30, 2014 @ 19:17:56

        Isn’t it already in your media gallery? Otherwise, if you have Pinterest, upload it there and take the image address into your media gallery… Just some suggestions. Did you add it through the add media button?

    • journeyintopoetry
      May 30, 2014 @ 20:14:20

      Yes I did add it via the media button. And its been sitting here on my blog for months then when Icame to put the link to my poem on Pooky’s blog the picture disappeared! Im useless with technology. i’ll see what I can do. Thank you for your suggestions.


      • Harry
        May 30, 2014 @ 20:20:34

        Just reading what’s happening, it will never disappear from your library, scroll down you might find it, or do you have a post in the dashboard as a draft or pending.

  18. journeyintopoetry
    May 30, 2014 @ 20:36:57

    I’ll try and check these things out Harry, thanks!


  19. PookyH
    May 30, 2014 @ 22:19:50

    I enjoyed this so much Christine, and I especially enjoyed the upbeat ending which was somewhat unexpected. I had prepared myself for the worst so it came as a pleasant and uplifting surprise!


  20. summerstommy2
    May 31, 2014 @ 09:27:33

    This poem is very good Christine I enjoyed the imagery you described and the lovely sentiment of the conclusion.


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