Of Clouds and Sun

Monday Morning Musings:

Sunrise, Delaware River at West Deptford ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021
Reflecting on the River after the storm, Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield ©️Merril D. Smith

Let me tell you about the clouds, the sun,
the flowers, tall and smiling, the tons
of debris left, the work that must be done.

Reaching ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

Now the hawk screeches and broad-wing flies
in concentric circles, as the wind sighs
at summer leaving, but with the prize of bluest skies

Red-Tailed Hawk

September comes, and we are in-between
the muggy green and russet- gold; not yet seen
the frosted crunch, yet geese convene

debating if–or when–to leave.
But I don’t grieve summer’s end, perhaps naïve
I must believe

that it will come again.

And so, I dip my apples, and ponder time,
drink my wine, as the sun sets and moon climbs.
Another year passes, she chimes,

while the stars in constellated chorus sing,
and light scatters from white egret’s wing
in the universe’s laughter, from winter to spring.

Most of you know we had storms, tornados, and flooding in my part of the world last week. Then we got beautiful September weather. We went to Dalton Farms, where they have a sunflower festival going on. Yesterday we went to William Heritage Winery. It was rainy, but we were fine under an umbrella. Part of their weekend sales were going to help Mullica Hill homes and farms damaged in the tornados last week.

Today is Labor Day, and tonight is Rosh Hashanah. I’ve baked some challahs, and we’ll be dipping apples in honey and drinking wine tonight.

Rosh Hashanah Challahs

32 thoughts on “Of Clouds and Sun

  1. This is so lovely, you express the upheaval of the storms but also the beauty that follows, the colors in between, and hope for the seasons ahead. The photographs are gorgeous. Happy Rosh Hashanah, the Challahs look scrumptious!

  2. Such gorgeous photos … including those of the challah and your visit to the winery 🙂 The sunflowers are impressive. I love the hopefulness of your poem. I sense a joyful acceptance of seasons changing.

    • Thank you very much, Marie.
      I suppose there’s not much else to do but accept it. 😀 It was nice to get out though. We almost didn’t go to the winery, since it was raining a bit, but decided to try–and had a good time.

  3. Your river is looking particularly lovely in this group of photos, particuarly with the birds. The sunflower festival looks like such fun! (I’ve asked my husband to plant sunflowers in the vegetable garden next summer, as my study window overlooks it.) Happy Rosh Hashanah!

  4. Oh, this poem was such a delight! I feel like I was swept along on a September breeze. Enchanting!!! Love the photographs. Sunflowers are awesome and you have captured the magic of these beautiful flowers. 🙂 And, your Challahs look amazing!

  5. I’m so glad that you, personally, were not affected by those crazy storms. And yes, this poem is full of renewal and hope. Beautifully done. All your photos are gorgeous (that challah!!) and my favourite is the pretty pink flowers under that sort of rainbow effect caused by the sun… Perfect to go with this poem.

  6. Let’s start with the most important item. Your cat is GORGEOUS!!!!
    Love, love & love!
    All I can do is hope all of the recovery work goes well.
    If it does, it will be as wonderful as all of your pics.
    The William Heritage Winery is rockin’!

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