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By Raquel


Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchymy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine,
With all-triumphant splendour on my brow;
But, out! alack! he was but one hour mine,
The region cloud hath mask’d him from me now.
Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth.

~William Shakespeare, 1609

This next poem summarizes summer for me, I love William Carlos Williams, and after reading this poem I put the plums in the fridge before eating them and he was right, they are scrumptious!

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

~William Carlos Williams, 1934

And this next few lines always make me bend, their power and beauty is such and the feeling that John Donne gives them and I just love the rhythm (poetry is music first for me and rhythm before sense – there’s been times I hear the music first and only later grasp the word’s meaning):

Batter my heart, three-personed God; for You
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand,o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.

~John Donne, 1633

….. I love the rest of the poem as well, but this is enough I think.

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The Plums one is so much fun - you can imagine that his wife would be unimpressed tho!

I adore plums but I particularly love Greengages, which are very hard to find here.

25 Sep, 2008


Raquel, you dear lovely one, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful poems! They have touched me deeply!

25 Sep, 2008


Love the poems Raquel. xxx

26 Sep, 2008


Hi Clairefifi: yes, sometimes I wonder what his wife thought and if she had gotten mad I love plums too and often prefer them to any other fruit.

Thank you Pollyannaever! You're so sweet! I love poetry and it's interesting to see how many deal with nature, fruits an flowers and such...I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Thank you Daff! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

27 Sep, 2008

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