August 30, 2013

Ways to Say Summer


in Danish: sommer
in Swedish: sommar
in Old English: sumor
in Dutch: zomer
in Czech: éto
in Greek: καλοκαίρι
in Quechua: chakisqa pacha
in Arabic: صيف
in Lakota: blokétu
 in Chechen: akhke
in Chinese: 夏天
in French: été
 in Japanese: 
in Latin: aestas
in Fijian: vulaikatakata
in Russian: лето
in Somali: xagaa
in Spanish: verano
in Thai: หน้าร้อ

Or, in Me:
lazy mornings
barn swallows
playground swings
small stones in clear streams
festivals
farmers markets
aluminum canoes
pontoons
bonfires
back porches
berries
flower gardens
wide skies
fireflies
baseball hats
leaves, shaking
baby, laughing
late nights
white wine
love in the afternoon

13 comments:

  1. Or me!

    Fishing
    goldenrod
    asters
    antlers in velvet
    life in abundance

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  2. Great list! Can't believe I forgot to add goldenrod to mine. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. A long and lovely season, richly seen. It's a joy to catch up with your words during a busy time (The Heartland was a particular joy to read...)

    swallows skimming water
    the scent of soil after rain
    skies as deep as our eyes
    pelicans parting the lake
    the hum of bees
    the hush of moths
    an opening of the heart

    From here to there, I wish you a καλό καλοκαίρι!

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  4. Thank you, Julian! What a lovely list. I bet we could each go on and on with such observations. You're right: it's a season full of riches.

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  5. tomatoes tasting of sun
    potlucks in parks
    unfurling petals bursting with color
    Sunday afternoon drives
    corn-on-the cob dripping with butter
    sweet scent of freshly-mown alfalfa

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    1. Oooooh, tomatoes. Yes. Isn't summer so much about truly earth-grown food?

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  6. chirping crickets
    fireflies
    butterflies
    swallows gathering on telephone linesw

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    1. The air so full: and the warmth to be outside in it, looking.

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  7. Zucchini sizzling on the grill
    Cherry tomatoes bursting with warm sweetness
    Chilled fizzy water
    An open book
    A sun-dappled patio
    Surrounded by green, magenta, pearly white
    The trickle of water in the fountain
    And the hum of hummingbirds sipping

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    1. Zucchini! Now you've put me in the mood for some delicious bread... Lovely list, Susan. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. the salty taste of sweat
    the stinging of eyes
    the stinging of bees,
    tightly closed windows
    wide open skies of unbearable blue
    the despotic sun imposing his will
    against frail and fading breezes

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    1. Poetry, southerly and sensual. Beautiful.

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