Wednesday, 11 November 2015


“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.” - Hal Borland

Poets United this week is all about rivers. And poets have been waxing lyrical about these ever flowing watercourses since ancient times. Here is my contribution, as Summer approaches us Downunder!

By the River

At last, the warming rays have bleached the day
And skies are blue, with wisps of summer cloud;
The gentle breeze makes leaves dance and play,
While dragonflies dart about the blossoms proud.

The river slowly flows and water sparkles, shines
The crowds loll about the grassy shores, with laughter
Toasting, drinking, picnicking, beneath the shady pines;
Relaxing, dozing, counting dreams for a long time after.

The day is perfect: Warm, lazy tender, balmy, sweet
Our time of rest inviting idleness, persiflage, banter.
Enjoy this gem of a day, take it as given, a rarest treat;
Our summer’s over soon, gone as horses in a crazy canter.


  1. Good days - truly good, blissful and aware are very hard to come by - i am glad you have captured one of them here

  2. Love the exquisite images of the day spent on the river :D
    Delightful read!!

  3. Sometimes indolence is delightful...Love the happy mood here...

  4. the best of endings to a languorous day on the river

  5. Ah, yes, a perfect day to be lazy and even a little snide along the riverside! A good addition to the genre. Males me think of Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon."

  6. Lovely nature poetry and wonderfully composed photo!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  7. This is a very nice entry.... i love the poem and the photograph.

    Have a nice abc-day/ - week
    Thank you for participating and sharing this week
    hope to may welcome you again next week.
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)

  8. Oh I really like the lines about summer soon being "gone as horses' crazy canter".

  9. Whether rushing madly or silently sneaking past the rivers always beguile us with their life force, enduring even when we flee winter winds they continue on with their work untroubled. Great poem.

  10. Oh yes. Those good summer days must be enjoyed. They are gone much too soon. I enjoyed reading this Nicholas. Thank you.

  11. Nick, this really makes me want to picnic along the grassy shores of a river!! You described the experience so beautifully. Enjoy your summer we face our long winter! I liked the form of the poem too, by the way.

  12. that's good to hear that you can enjoy the river again as it is that time of year on your end. loved the poem, makes me reminisce on an old river back home.

  13. Your love for life on the river is inspiring!

  14. What a lovely scene you paint! Thank you too for reading my poems and commenting.

  15. 'The day is perfect: Warm, lazy tender, balmy, sweet' Ah yes, I know those treasured, perfect days.

  16. Summer is too brief....we are lucky with our beautiful weather....oops sorry I forgot you live in Melbourne:)