The Colors of Summer

If you have a garden and a library,
You have everything you need.
— Cicero —

I slipped into the garden almost before ’twas light,
As the lazy sun arose I glimpsed a charming sight…

— Mary C. Shaw (At Dawn) —

I couldn’t do without a pansy bed.
— Helen Bath Swanson (Reverie) —

Yellow ones, brown ones,
bronze and midnight blue,
Silver stippled, gold edged,
in rainbow rendezvous.

— Theodosia E. Fenner (Garden Overtones) —

Yet suddenly the blue revives, it seems,
and in among these clusters one discovers
a tender blue rejoicing in the green.

— Rainer Maria Rilke (Blaue Hortensie) —
— Translation by Bernhard Frank —

For life’s at its best in the morning,
As you pass through the garden gate.

— Howard Dolf —

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