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Hi everyone!  Grace here to host today’s OpenLinkNight!

I hope you are all enjoying the summer (or spring) season. In my part of the world, we are celebrating summer with food and music festival every weekend, and currently playing host to Parapan Am games, after Pan Am games.   As summer here is very short, we relish the long sunny days by going out, despite the occasional rain & hailstorm.

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall

Here is a summer poem for you:




And it grows, the vain


even for us with our

bright green sins:

behold the dry guest,

the wind,

as it stirs up quarrels

among magnolia boughs

and plays its serene

tune on

the prows of all the leaves—

and then is gone,

leaving the leaves

still there,

the tree still green, but breaking

the heart of the air.

Carlo Betocchi, Tutte le poesie, © Garzanti Editore spa, 1996.

Source: Poetry (March 2010).

So, how are you spending the last days of summer?

If this is your first time with us – Welcome!   Please let us know so we can extend our greetings to you.   And, if you have been here before or for the first time, then:

  • Write one (1) poem;
  • Post it on your blog or website;
  • Click on Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post and enter your name and direct URL of your post.
  • Come by the pub and drop a comment or just to say Hi!   Read and visit other poets’ work as this community thrives on reciprocal visits.
  • Have fun and spread the word to your poet friends.

See you on the poetry trail ~ Grace