Enduring August – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sanaa is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write a poem about August.

Of course August differs across the globe and I live in Australia (which has its own variations) so a great opportunity to say something of August from the south.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Sometimes August Isn’t Recognised

Photo: August 3, 2022 – Cape Leeuwin below the lighthouse, the storm is ending, power is out, temp has plummeted, rain increasing and yet there is a beauty to it all.

“In our opinion August is not the best time to visit Australia ….” Weather & Climate

Enduring August

yes you, you cold bastard,
rattling loose my roof sheets,
knocking down my fences,
wounding my beloved trees,
flooding my private spaces,
leaving me sleepless, worried,
stressed, heart pounding with
every shrill screech of your
forceful breath on my eaves
and panes of fragile protection,
I yearn for your end 
and pray for gentle spring,
while enduring your bitter and 
splintered wintry grief.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, poem, quote, seasons

45 responses to “Enduring August – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. As winter howls there, we are baking in relentless summer heat. You await spring. I’m counting the days until autumn.

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  2. This one is humorous. I loved how you’ve apostrophised August without giving him any redeeming qualities. So different from what some Romantic poets did when they used the technique to address stars, etc.

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  4. sanaarizvi

    Oh how I feel that “splintered wintry grief,”.. Paul! A poignant portrayal of the conditions being faced in Western Austrailia. Here’s hoping the coming days are easy on everyone. Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt ❤❤

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  5. Oh how i love this one Paul.

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  6. Your poem reminds me very much of November in my area of the world.

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  7. I would like to join you, Paul and berate August…begone and never show your face again!

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  8. Brrrrr… does not sound like fun at all! Great to get your perspective on August!

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  9. This one is personal. Well done.

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  10. And here I was complaining about the 94° (F) temperatures! At least we have been relatively storm-free, and what storms we did get were welcome, for they cooled things down just a bit! I love your poem, Paul!

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    • 34c equates, our average for summer. But this winter of ours is nowhere near like a northern freeze, but we are of course acclimatised to it and we feel it. Mostly though it is August that is the worst and brutal, thank you Jill.

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      • Wow … that’s your summer average? That’s hot! Our average is usually more like 26-28 C, occasionally, maybe 2-3 times a summer, rising to 32 c. Last winter, ours was unseasonably warm with only 3-4 measurable snowfalls as opposed to our normal 15 or so. We knew then we would be in for a hot summer. But still, the climate change deniers continue to deny. Keep warm, my friend!

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      • So many deniers here too, gah! Yes, keeping warm, but it never gets cold like where you are (unless you’re in Florida I guess), but we feel the cold we do have lol.

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  11. Common on Paul you wrote about our August. Please have some mercy. I am sure it was just a mistake. Flood and landslides are taking all the space in our local newspaper.

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  12. excellent, an august known to me.

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  13. “August, / yes you, you cold bastard,” – best opening ever!

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  15. ..August here in cali is about 100 Fahrenheit 😆

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  16. Ana Daksina (the troubadour of verse) sent me your way.

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  17. lync56

    So true but it does herald the transition to spring


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