The burning cathedral of the summer

 

glorious june day by barbara thistle

photo by Barbara Thistle   Cape May New Jersey

 

“I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer.

 My bank of wild grass is majestic 

and full of music.  It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.”


–  Violette Leduc

 

It is 94 degrees here this afternoon, with a heat index of 106. So it is the burning cathedral of summer.  I am hoping for some thunderstorms to break the heat.

couch on the porch cos cob 1914 frederick childe hassam

 

“Bright was the summer’s noon when quickening steps
Followed each other till a dreary moor
Was crossed, a bare ridge clomb, upon whose top
Standing alone, as from a rampart’s edge,
I overlooked the bed of Windermere,
Like a vast river, stretching in the sun.”
–  William Wordsworth, Summer Vacation, 1805

 

“July is the seventh month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar.  It was the fifth month in the early calendar of the ancient Romans.  The Romans called the month Quintilius, which means fifth.  A Roman Senate renamed the month to Julius (July) in honour of Julius Caesar, who was born on 12 July.  The Anglo-Saxon names for the month included Heymonath or Maed monath, referring respectively to haymaking and the flowering of meadows.”

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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