GB Muse Day – In Praise of JUNE, 2009

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“And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays:
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.”
–   James Russell Lowell

“And what is so rare as a day in June?

Then, if ever, come perfect days;

Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,

And over it softly her warm ear lays:

Whether we look, or whether we listen,

We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.”

–   James Russell Lowell

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Poet James Lowell’s words exemplify the very essence of June — a month of abundant life and near perfect days.

Earth’s strained rush to rejuvenate herself is over.  Greenness abounds and a lush tranquility claims the land.  Rivers and streams which roared in April and May now calmy bubble and whisper.  Spring’s blustering winds have been reduced to welcome, sighing breezes.  The frenzied chorus of spring peepers which was so boisterous in May has relented, and the indignant harumph of the bullfrog now echoes leisurely at dusk.  Baby birds have hatched, fruit blossoms have faded and trees and shrubs are at their finest.  Gardens have long since been released from a winter of rest and the air is full of the expectant buzz of bees.

June is a whimsical mixture of endings and beginnings.  Spring expires in June and summer is ushered in.  Unlike fickle May, June brings the promise of warm days and clear, star-filled nights.  Summer cottages are unlocked; picnic hampers and barbecues are brought out of storage.  Lawnmowers drone lazily in the distance on sunny Saturday afternoons.

June comes quietly and bids us to acknowledge and appreciate the fruits of spring’s labor — to see again green meadows touch turquoise sky; to seek the softness of new grass and the fragrance of flowers; to feel the sun’s warmth, still tempered by cool breezes before the onset of July’s heat.

June, indeed, brings perfect days and with them, the reassurance that the pleasures of summer are not far off.

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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

14 thoughts on “GB Muse Day – In Praise of JUNE, 2009”

  1. A perfect poem to describe June, and lovely sentiments to capture the feelings of June, Nancy. It’s my favorite month!

    I believe it may be my favourite month, too, Rose. I love the warmer days before the stifling heat and humidity of summer proper, and how everything is just coming into its own. :)

  2. This is lovely, Nancy. We are enjoying a perfect first day of June here in NW Washington.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this little ditty, Joyce — and thanks for the shout out on Facebook! ;-)

  3. A lovely poem, Nancy! You’ve even inspired me to post one over at Poor Richard’s Almanac!

    Excellent, OFB! I’ll look forward to reading it. :)

  4. I’ve never seen it put to words like you have done. I really enjoyed it. June can be fickle here in NC. In fact, we don’t plan our vacation this month if swimming is involved cause it could be too cold.

    Thank you for your thoughtful post as usual. It made me pause and understand June a bit better.

  5. I was thinking along these lines when I flipped the calendar over Nancy. I love the month of June. Summer is before us and the days are getting warmer, it’s just the perfect time of year to me. I want time to slow WAY down so I don’t miss a minute of it!

  6. Hello Nancy, Isn’t June the month that most brides choose for their wedding day? It is a luscious time of year…This is my favorite from the poem~~Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.” It’s good to be home in June! gail

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