For the Love of Summer

Love keeps no record of wrongs
To me summer means love
with its hot sunny days
and plants blooming everywhere

Do you suppose summer
keeps a record of winter’s wrongs
its harsh cold blizzard blasts
freezing rains and icy winds

Does summer hold a grudge
about winter’s dark dreary nights
and short sunless days

Does summer blame winter
for the death of plants
once vibrant and green
now brown and forlorn upon
the frost-bitten ground

Or does summer forgive
embracing winter’s loss
with its warm sunny days
its Godly loving ways


For yesterday’s Poetics prompt at dVerse Poets Pub, Walter called for a poem about the seasons using a line from another poem as a starting point. I didn’t quite follow the prompt because the line that is the anchor and muse of my poem is from scripture, not a poem, and the line itself is not about seasons. Rather, it is about love. The line from 1 Corinthians 13:5 — “Love . . . keeps no record of wrongs” — has been on my mind lately. Then last night I had this idea for a poem involving my most and least favorite seasons and whether their relationship is a loving one.

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11 Responses

  1. So enjoyed this, Linda–the personification of summer and winter with such important biblical undertones. God is so loving and forgiving!

  2. Okey dokey….I liked this knowing how you love summer. I might ask you the question, does winter forgive summer’s cruel wllting heat? LOL, I think I know the answer to that. You enjoy your heat and I’ll keep task for the cold. Let’s meet in the middle with spring. But I like how you AND Corinthians is often considered prose poetry because of how it is written. Excellent job.

  3. I know we provide prompts to steer the poetic discussion. But what you’ll find about me is although yes, I would rather you stayed on task, I also realize that the process is key as well. If it gets you to write something, then it is doing its job. But as I see it, Linda, you wrote a summer poem based on the writings of another. I mentioned poets and poems because that is our purpose. But it could have been something by a novelist, essayist, evangelist or as we’ve seen, a song composer. There are really no wrong answers. And since I’m tending the bar, I’ll say it’s just fine. And BTW, your poem is more than just fine!

    • Thanks. I like how you worked it out that I actually followed the prompt. That makes me feel better. 😉 Glad you liked the poem. I’m hoping to get back to read others during lunch today.

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