Sunday, June 29, 2014

June Leisure / Bliss Carman

June Leisure

When June revisits the New England shore,
She takes the road along the Silvermine,
Where noble trees in every dooryard stand
And shadowy gardens full of dreamy peace
Spread all the full-blown peonies to the sun.
By every orchard wall the air is sweet
With breath of honeysuckle, and the air
Filled with the murmur of industrious bees;
The river babbles down its dark ravine
By the old mill; the bobolinks spring up,
Scattering music as of fairy bells
From every open field; a few white clouds
Wander across the unimagined blue;
And all is well again with earth and heaven.

Bliss Carman (1861-1929)
from Sanctuary Sunshine House Sonnets, 1929

[Poem is in the public domain in Canada and the European Union]

Bliss Carman biography

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