Song for a Summer Day … a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

I went for a drive from Los Angeles to Grass Valley in the spring of 2001,
and on the way home, this poem was born. It’s about true love …
not the kind we read about in novels, but the love from which we sprang,
and to which each of us longs to return.

Here is the spoken poem …

. . . . .

SONG FOR A SUMMER DAY
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
May 2001

These sun-drenched California hills
. . . . knead me like dough,
. . . . bake me in the noonday heat,
. . . . and eat me for lunch.

Not a bad way to go …

I’d like to live on a road
. . . . with a sign at the entrance:
. . . . NO THROUGH STREET.

Let it have rolling hills
. . . . live oaks marking a fence line
. . . . horses grazing the wild oats
. . . . . . . . riding the backs of the meadows
. . . . . . . . tawnily
. . . . . . . . like a lion’s sleek fur

Let it have bird call
. . . . and response
. . . . . . . . cricket chirp
. . . . and a cricket answering
. . . . . . . . heart song
. . . . as the wind loves to touch
. . . . the leaves of the oak tree
. . . . . . . . love’s song
. . . . like the brook that whispers to the passing shore:
. . . . “Drink, drink! Freely I give to thee.”

Love does not forget the other,
. . . . the different one, loved for its difference
. . . . the dry one, loved for a chance to bring it water
. . . . the green one, loved for its greenness
. . . . the formless one, loved for its touch alone
. . . . and all those who long for another,
. . . . . . . . loved for their longing

Love is, and what is not
. . . . are this tree,
. . . . this golden field,
. . . . the rolling warble of a summer day
. . . . . . . . in California

The length and breadth and depth of life
. . . . are not there
. . . . but hidden away, like a summer day
. . . . . . . . on a forgotten country road
. . . . nourished by a stream that never runs dry,
. . . . . . . . not even in summer.

Image: “Rolling Hills and California Oaks,” effected, by Alice B. Clagett, 2001, CC BY-SA 4.0

NOTE: The soothing instrumental music is Prelude No. 1 from the album “Preludes” by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0 … https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ..

Image: “Rolling Hills and California Oaks,” effected, by Alice B. Clagett, 2001, CC BY-SA 4.0

Video: “Song for a Summer Day,”A Poem by Alice B. Clagett, 4 October 2014, https://youtu.be/w6kDvNIGzvo ..

 


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