The Way Of Summer – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Merril is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write an ekphrastic poem using one or more of five paintings provided, I chose ‘Hip, Hip hurrah’ by Peder Severin Kroyer.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Sun, Sand, Storms, and Celebrations, Summer Ekphrastic

Painting: Peder Severin Kroyer – Hip, Hip, Hurrah

“In summer the song sings itself.” Wiliam Carlos Williams

The Way Of Summer

There's something the way a summer sun
warms a champagne afternoon and entertains
with celebrating dragonflies in louder boozy buzz,
while cicadas sing in unison as soft dandelion seeds 
ride the warm air so slowly as to be countable, 
and somehow the food and wine are more real, 
more vital than ever before, our eyes tell of 
meaning, of love, of healing, our stories passionate,
there's something about the way a gathering warms 
and opens the heart in a gentle intoxication of joy.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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49 responses to “The Way Of Summer – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love it and have been to that picnic.

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  2. So beautifully written, Paul. I love the flow of this and the beautiful images–those celebrating dragonflies and the “gentle intoxication of joy.”

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  3. This made me feel a sway in the summer sun😊👍🏻

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. A lovely poem, Paul.

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  5. Oh yes… very much so. To have a meal in the garden is what summer is all about.

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  6. I love how the lines seem to wrap around as if moving around the table.

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  7. Your poem’s joy flows smoothly, Paul, celebrating summer!

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  8. I love this! It immediately took me back to happy family gatherings. The William Carlos Williams quote is perfect.

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  9. We should have more joyful gatherings like these. Cheers!

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  10. Beautifully written and engaging Paul. Love that picture which is perfect for your poem.
    congrats on 3,800 followers btw🌹

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  11. Ah summer… we eagerly anticipate it’s return (actually, I’ll settle for spring).
    Beautiful poem, Paul, radiating the happy warmth of pleasant gatherings.

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  12. Well penned ~ you captured the visual in words ~ very nice!

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  13. Yes, Summer is the time when the livelihood of life surrounds us and we’re drawn to celebrate life’s beauty as is.

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  15. Beautiful! I agree with Merril’s great comment. xx Michael

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  16. Perfect poem for summer! Beautiful

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  17. lync56

    You captured this feeling so well – I long for summer days


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