The Herald Of Summer – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Billyacatting Reserve


“Leaves are verbs that conjugate the seasons.” Gretel Erlich


The Herald Of Summer

There’s a corner of the garden,
a remnant of native bush
that I love to wander,
especially now, as the air is warmer,
but before I even feel that
I know it by the crunch and crackle
of those hardy leaves,
the daily autumnal, the
herald of summer,
and the smell,
yes the smell of eucalypts
in this dry avenue
is to be inhaled as fine whiskey,
and, in the stillness
the quiet is a rarefied sharpness
that carries its own energy
pierced only by cicadas and magpies,
and I float in my senses
past bees and dragonflies
as friends.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under bush walking, Country, Free Verse, mindfulness, nature, poem, quote, seasons

31 responses to “The Herald Of Summer – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. You have transported me there, Paul. Just wonderful.
    And I love that quote..

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  2. A wonderful poem for starting into a wonderful weekend. Thank you Paul, and have a enjoyable one. Michael

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  3. Paul, it sounds so much like an out-of-body experience. Lovely!

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  4. I like your description of the smell as fine whiskey and the silence as sharpness carrying energy.

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  5. I love the Erlich quote! Thanks for including it. Your poem perfectly captures why I am so attached to place–even though the sights, sounds, and smells and completely different. The photograph you included reminds me of a place in southern California that my daughter took my husband and me to during one of our first visits after she moved from the East Coast.

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  6. Paul, you have been on my mind. Your work (and poems) always makes me happy!


  7. lync56

    Memories of Tamar Park for me in this – sensations rekindled by your words


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  8. Yes, so many memories, so glad it rekindled such great memories.


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