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.

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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11 Responses to For the Love of Summer

  1. Nicely penned!

  2. Victoria says:

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

  3. kanzensakura says:

    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.

  4. I like this a lot… and I think summer’s forgiving… the winter just does what winter does, and it gives summer a purpose.

  5. I’d like to think summer forgives, having spring in the midst helps calm her potential wrath…

  6. 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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