5 Poems About Summer

With the summer solstice just around the corner, the first day of summer will soon be upon us. So here are five poems to usher in summer.

With the summer solstice just around the corner, the first day of summer will soon be upon us. Beyond the celebrations attached to the first day of summer, I can’t think of a better way to usher in the new season than with a new round of poems.

Here are five poems about summer.



1. “the lake isle of innisfree” by william butler yeats

Isle of Innisfree
image via ireland


I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade. (read more)

2. “moths” by jennifer o’grady

Adrift in the liberating, late light
of August, delicate, frivolous,
they make their way to my front porch
and flutter near the glassed-in bulb,
translucent as a thought suddenly
wondered aloud, illumining the air
that’s thick with honeysuckle and dusk. (read more)

3. “summer” by carlo betocchi

Magnolia boughs
image via the chicago tribune
And it grows, the vain
even for us with our
bright green sins:
behold the dry guest,
the wind,
as it stirs up quarrels
among magnolia boughs (read more)

4. “summer wind” william cullen bryant

It is a sultry day; the sun has drunk
The dew that lay upon the morning grass;
There is no rustling in the lofty elm
That canopies my dwelling, and its shade
Scarce cools me. All is silent, save the faint
And interrupted murmur of the bee,
Settling on the sick flowers, and then again
Instantly on the wing. The plants around
Feel the too potent fervors: the tall maize
Rolls up its long green leaves; the clover droops
Its tender foliage, and declines its blooms. (read more)

5. “fireflies in the garden” by robert frost

image via nurserylive wikipedia
Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating flies,
That though they never equal stars in size,
(And they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start.
Only, of course, they can’t sustain the part. (link)
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