It’s Poetry Friday where I join with fellow poetry lovers to celebrate all things poetry. This week, Carol has challenged Poetry Fridayers to find an end-of-summer photo and use it as the inspiration for a poem.
In my part of the world it is not the end of summer. In fact, it is Spring here, and the first hints of Summer are starting to show. But I love a challenge, so I looked back at the photos I took at the end of the Australian summer, in March. Additionally, since I am very much a Summer person, and feel a little sad when Summer ends, I thought it would be good to only look for moments of joy. Turns out, this wasn’t so hard.
Firstly, every year towards the end of Summer, swans visit the lake in my street. I’m told that they drop in because they are flying from somewhere South of here, to their breeding grounds North of here. Not all stop by – but, when they do, they are usually there for a while. I love watching them, and they always make for good photo opportunities. So, here’s my first effort at Carol’s challenge:
When friends drop by
it’s a good time
for a toast.
(Poem and photo copyright Sally Murphy, 2023)
Some other friends who visited me in March this year were some kookaburras. I often hear and see kookas around here, but I had never had them so obligingly sit on my (slightly scruffy looking) fence. It was a moment of awe, and of joy.
Summer may be over
but the laughter isn’t.
(Sally Murphy, 2023).
And then there’s George. If you follow me on Instagram you may be very familiar with George (who also has his own Instagram account). He doesn’t care less about what season it is, as long as he gets a walk, and his favourite walk is on the beach – though to be more accurate it’s a frolic rather than a walk. His more sedate owner does the walking. Here’s my third effort:
Summer might be over
but that’s okay.
the beach is still here
and so am I
on life’s wonders
as I walk each day.
(Poem and photo copyright Sally Murphy, 2023).
All of this reflecting on the end of Summer has been good for me, but I have to confess I am still looking forward to the coming of the new Summer, and the chance to swim and snorkel and other Summertime pursuits. So I am cheating a little on this challenge and sharing a photo taken just this week. My leucospermum is flowering and, as each little pincushion starts to open, my smile grows. I love the way my pool fence intrudes into this photo, framing the flower, but also reminding me that soon the pool water will be warm enough for a dip.
Summer is coming!
herald changing season
filling me with joy!
(poem and photo copyright Sally Murphy, 2023)
Thanks so much Carol for the challenge, which made me smile at memories, and moments to come. Speaking of which, I am off to look at the Poetry Friday roundup, to see what my fellow Poetry Fridayers have to offer on this lovely day. You are welcome to follow along.