Charles Simic

by Charles Simic  Green Buddhas On the fruit stand We eat the smile And spit out the teeth. — Charles Simic, American-Serbian Poet, Watermelons   As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.

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Ode to Watermelon

by Anonymous Up from the South, by boat and train.  Now comes the King of Fruits again;  Lucious feast for judge or felon,  Glorious, sun-kissed Watermelon;  Green as emerald in its rind, But cutting through it thou shalt find  Sweetest mass of crimson beauty Tempting angels from their duty. — Ode to Watermelon, anonymous  …

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Charles Bukowski

by Charles Bukowski And the windows opened that night, A ceiling dripped the sweat Of a tin god,  And I sat eating a watermelon All false red, Water like slow running  Tears, And I spit out seeds And swallowed seeds, And I kept thinking I’m a fool I’m a fool To eat this Watermelon, But…

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Rasmenia Massoud

by Rasmenia Massoud August is that last flicker of fun and heat before everything fades and dies. The final moments of fun before the freeze. In the winter, everything changes. — Rasmenia Massoud, author and short story writer, August Weather   As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest,…

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As August, So February

by Anonymous As August, so February. If the first week in August is unusually warm,  The winter will be white and long. So many August fogs, so many winter mists For every fog in August, There will be a snowfall in winter. Observe on what day in August the first heavy fog occurs, and expect…

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Fairest of the Months

by R. Combe Miller Fairest of the months!  Ripe summer’s Queen  The hey-day of the year  With robes that gleam with sunny sheen  Sweet August doth appear.  — R. Combe Miller, English poet and clergyman, Fairest of the Months     Note: August 1st is Lammas Day (“La-MA-ss”). Lammas was a festival that celebrated the…

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Celia Laighton Thaxter

by Celia Laighton Thaxter Buttercup nodded and said good-bye, Clover and Daisy went off together, But the fragrant Waterlilies lie Yet moored in the golden August weather. The swallows chatter about their flight, The cricket chirps like a rare good fellow, The asters twinkle in clusters bright, While the corn grows ripe and the apples…

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Laurence Perugini Poppy (Papaveraceae)

by Helen Winslow The brilliant poppy flaunts her head  Amidst the ripening grain,  And adds her voice to sell the song  That August’s here again.  ― Helen Winslow, American editor and journalist   As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all. Helen Winslow

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Our Fear That Summer Will Be Short

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the…

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by Hanshan You have seen the blossoms among the leaves; tell me, how long will they stay? Today they tremble before the hand that picks them; tomorrow they await someone’s garden broom. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.

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by Alfred Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of…

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by Alfred Joyce Kilmer If I should live in a forest And sleep underneath a tree, No grove of impudent saplings Would make a home for me. I’d go where the old oaks gather, Serene and good and strong, And they would not sigh and tremble And vex me with a song. As featured onThe…

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Spring

by Alfred Joyce Kilmer The air is like a butterfly With frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky And sings. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all. Alfred Joyce Kilmer

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by Sara Coleridge Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots, and gillyflowers. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all. Sara Coleridge

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