Late Summer

Came across this poem, which felt right and true, and decided to decorate it:

Late Summer by Anna Kamienska

I’ll lock myself now
in a cell of prickly hay
to think through all from the beginning
 *
A leaf a root an ant a hare
the sea a cloud a rock
*
I’ll think about them
as a sinner thinks
about his sins
*
I’ll ask myself
whether I regret very much
not belonging to a land of green
*
I’ll question how many times
I didn’t ask roots which way to go

*

I’ll repent before water a cloud
a birch-tree

*

I’ll wash their feet
and dress their wounds

*

Why can’t I be reconciled
to green rustling life
and sleep among mortal dreams

*

Leaf
teach me to fall
on the indifferent earth

*

(click on each for larger view, captions)

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 I’ll lock myself now / in a cell of prickly hay / to think through all from the beginning

not hay but grasses at Pine Point, ME, Dec 2011
Pine Point, ME, Dec 2011

a leaf

a root

trunk and roots, Clam Creek, Jekyll Island, GA, Sept 2014
Jekyll Island, GA, Sept 2014

an ant

NH, June 2013
NH, June 2013

a hare

snowshoe hare blurred, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME, May 2014
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME, May 2014

the sea

surf and rocks at Ocean Point, ME,  May 2012
Ocean Point, ME, May 2012

a cloud

a rock

I’ll think about them / as a sinner thinks / about his sins

I’ll ask myself / whether I regret very much / not belonging to a land of green

green bog, Jekyll island, Sept 2013
Jekyll island, GA, Sept 2013

 

I’ll question how many times / I didn’t ask roots which way to go

I’ll repent before water

Kezar Lake, NH, June 2013
Kezar Lake, NH, June 2013

a cloud

Jekyll Island, Sept 2008
Jekyll Island, Sept 2008

a birch-tree

birch and red twigs, New London, NH, Feb 2014
New London, NH, Feb 2014

I’ll wash their feet / and dress their wounds

maple tree after ice storm, NH, Jan 2012
NH, Jan 2012

Why can’t I be reconciled / to green rustling life / and sleep among mortal dreams

view to pond and rookery, Jekyll Island, Sept 2014
Jekyll Island, Sept 2014

Leaf / teach me to fall / on the indifferent earth

turningleafMPT10Aug2014

One Comment on “Late Summer

  1. Thank you Molly! I loved reading the poem first and then seeing it decorated with the visuals…

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