Algernon Charles Swinburne, August is a time to embrace inner changes, dVerse Poets Pub, Late Summer, Meka Boyle, Paul Laurence Dunbar, poetry community, Sanaa Rizvi, Writing through life
Picture courtesy: Red and yellow boat on water by Artist Dmitry Khrustalev-Grigoriev, Unsplash.
Hello dVerse Poets!
Sanaa here (aka adashofsunny) to stir your muse once again. The month of August has always fascinated me, with its volatile nature, avenue greens and greys that cradle daydreams at first light and of course the kind of Poetry that it evokes.
The painting which you see above is by Dmitry Khrustalev-Grigoriev, who is an artist, a designer and a psychologist.
A young man and a girl are swimming in the river. The abundance of the August season is conveyed symbolically by floating ripe fruits, while the serenity of the summer mood contrasts with decaying airplane hull at the bottom of the river. The painting portrays a combination of deep fulfillment and security, along with a heavy memory of the Second World War.
Hold on to your seat, today we are going to delve deep and think about the many shades and aspects which the month has to offer.
August means different things to different people, the African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) wrote wonderfully about the feeling of a summer’s night elsewhere, and here he offers us an enticing vision of a hot August day:
When August days are hot an’ dry,
When burning copper is the sky,
I ‘d rather fish than feast or fly
In airy realms serene and high.
I ‘d take a suit not made for looks,
Some easily digested books,
Some flies, some lines, some bait, some hooks,
Then would I seek the bays and brooks.
I would eschew mine every task,
In Nature’s smiles my soul should bask,
And I methinks no more could ask,
Except–perhaps–one little flask.
Read full poem (here)
On the other hand, we’re offered a slightly different take on August by Algernon Charles Swinburne, one is easily able to catch a strain of late Romanticism in the Poet’s words:
In the mute August afternoon
They trembled to some undertune
Of music in the silver air;
Great pleasure was it to be there
Till green turned duskier and the moon
Coloured the corn-sheaves like gold hair.
That August time it was delight
To watch the red moons wane to white
’Twixt grey seamed stems of apple-trees;
A sense of heavy harmonies
Grew on the growth of patient night,
More sweet than shapen music is.
Read full poem (here)
My favorite poem regarding the month is by Meka Boyle. It offers such a variety of hues and shades. Here is an excerpt from the poem:
by Meka Boyle
August is the closure that comes in the middle of the night,
when it is least expected.
It is neither welcomed,
nor is it pushed aside.
It comes as easily as sleep,
nestling into the deepest corners of one’s soul.
Sometimes August isn’t recognized,
After it has faded into the hazy realm,
which all past months inhabit.
Its only legacy is etched upon our souls,
haunting our every thought,
in the most lovely way:
August is a time of growing up,
of forgotten forever’s,
full of the sweetest intent.
Read full poem (here)
Picture courtesy: The Travelling Companions 1862 by Artist Augustus
Eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days, August is the only other month named after a historical figure – Augustus Caesar, who was the nephew of Julius Caesar and the first emperor of Rome.
It was previously known as “Sextilius,” meaning “the sixth,” in fact it was Emperor Augustus’ legacy which eventually gave rise to the adjective august. Both July and August were allotted thirty-one days to reflect the importance of the leaders they represented.
Here are 31 reasons to celebrate the month of August:
August 1 – National Girlfriends Day
August 2 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3 – National Watermelon Day
August 4 – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
August 5 – Work Like a Dog Day
August 6 – National Root Beer Float Day
August 7 – International Beer Day (First Friday)
August 8 – International Cat Day
August 9 – National Rice Pudding Day
August 10 – National S’mores Day
August 11 – Son and Daughter Day
August 12 – Baseball Fans Day
August 13 – National Filet Mignon Day
August 14 – National Creamsicle Day
August 15 – National Relaxation Day
August 16 – National Bratwurst Day
August 17 – National Nonprofit Day
August 18 – National Fajita Day
August 19 – National Potato Day
August 20 – National Radio Day
August 21 – Poet’s Day
August 22 – International Tongue Twister Day
August 23 – National Sponge Cake Day
August 24 – Strange Music Day
August 25 – National Kiss and Make Up Day
August 26 – National Women’s Equality Day
August 27 – National Banana Lovers Day
August 28 – National Red Wine Day
August 29 – Individual Rights Day
August 30 – National Grief Awareness Day
August 31 – National Trail Mix Day
And what’s more, the month of August serves to be different in terms of weather conditions; wettest month on average for most of Arizona, New Mexico and Southern Colorado because of monsoonal moisture.
The warmest month for much of the southern Plains, lower Mississippi Valley, parts of the northern tier from North Dakota to Washington state, as well as along the immediate Pacific coast from Washington to California.
Across the UK, August temperatures average a daily high of 21 degrees Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit) and a low of 12 °C (53 °F).
And if we speak of South-Asian countries (where I am situated) the month of August is different for each – the coldest month for Colombo, Sri Lanka, and prime month of monsoon for Pakistan, India, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal. While Bangladesh in comparison is warmer with maximum day temperature around 30°C (86°F)
Sources: August holidays and observances and 31 reasons to celebrate in August.
For today’s Poetics, I want you all to write a poem about August. Feel it in your bones. Come tell us what the month means to you. You can write about it in terms of weather and mood, write inspired by the examples shared above or opt to compose a darker, more philosophical piece. The choice is yours!
New to dVerse? Here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem in response to the challenge.
- Enter a link directly to your poem and your name by clicking Mr. Linky below
- You will find links to other poets and more will join so please do check
- back later in order to read their poems.
- Read and comment on other poets’ work– we all come here to have our poems read.
- Please link back to dVerse from your site/blog.
Welcome to Poetics, everyone! 🙂
On the menu, we have shrimp tempura rolls with rose wine, chef salad with honey mustard and pinot noir. I am adding cherry cream cheese dessert to the list.
Or if you prefer, we also have classic scones with coffee/tea of your choice. Let me know if you’d like anything else.
See you on the Poetry trail! ❤❤
This is a timely prompt Sanaa. Thank you for the examples on the August month. As we live in different parts of the world, the days and experience will be different.
Wow! The food choices are so tempting – I will have tempura rolls with rose wine and cherry cream chees dessert. Thank you for hosting.
I am so pleased you liked the prompt, Grace 🙂 Tempura rolls with rose wine and cherry cream cheese dessert coming right up! Happy Tuesday ❤❤
I love this time of year, I’m typing this from the deck, where the heat and humidity is hammering. 🙂 I’ve got a piece that I’ve done about the summer life cycle, I’d love to hear what you guys think. I’d also love to try that cherry cream cheese thing.
Cherry cream cheese dessert coming right up! 😀 Heading over to read you! Happy Tuesday! ❤❤
Lovel;y prompt, Sanaa! I’ll have something frivolous, seeing as it’s holiday season.
Pink lemonade with jalapeno popper cheese curls for the lovely lady 😉 Happy Tuesday, Sarah! ❤❤
Thank you for hosting with this timely prompt, Sanaa! I would love a scone and a cup of decaf coffee, please. I found the list of day-by-day August celebrations so interesting! Who knew there was a national banana lover’s day??? 🙂
So pleased you liked the prompt, Lillian 😀 a classic scone with a cup of decaf coffee coming right up! Happy Tuesday! ❤❤
Thanks for hosting, Sanaa. That was a wonderful list for each day of August. I’ll have a cherry cream cheese dessert, thanks.
So nice to see you, Kitty! Cherry cream cheese dessert coming right up 😀 Happy Tuesday! ❤❤
Thanks, Sanaa. Happy Tuesday to you too. 🙂
scone and ice cold mint tea sounds great
see you out there
Classic scone and ice cold mint tea coming right up! ❤❤ Happy Tuesday, Rog 😀
a most informative prompt, thanks Sanaa ….21st being the best day to celebrate 🙂
Thank you so much, Kate 😀 so pleased you liked the prompt ❤❤
I appreciate most but this one is exceptional, well done Sanaa 🙂
Thank you so so much ❤❤
I will get to this, tomorrow? Foolishly, I bellied up to the bar for TWO large glasses of wine before coming here, so my brain’s not really “poetry” right now so much “third glass? No?”
Good to see you, Xan! Yes ofcourse, the prompt is open until Thursday ❤❤ I look forward to reading you later 🙂
Thank you, Sanaa for a great prompt for the end of summer!
I will have a big chocolate shake!
So nice to see you, Dwight ☺️ One chocolate shake 🥤 coming right up! ❤️❤️
Thank you! :>)
You’re most welcome! 🙂
Rob Kistner said:
Thanks for hosting Sanaa! 🙂 This piece I wrote was inspired by a memory of August heartbreak, under a Midwest frontporch light.
Rob Kistner said:
Hi Sanaa. I only intended to have three (3) links for this prompt — “Hey June Bug”, “Red Doors”, and “Simmering”. There is a fourth incorrect link entitled ”Red”, please take that one down — thank you Sanaa! 🙂✌🏼❤️
No worries Rob ☺️ I will take care of it. Heading over to read you! Happy Wednesday ❤️❤️
Thank you so much for joining in 🍾🍷
Leyde Ryan said:
I really enjoyed the poems you shared–thanks much!! I may try the challenge 🙂
Thank you so much, Leyde ☺️ So pleased you liked the prompt ❤️❤️
Leyde Ryan said:
You’re most welcome!
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M Jay Dixit said:
Hello Sanaa, thanks for hosting! 🙂 I enjoyed writing for the prompt. It’s monsoon season in India, my mother’s favorite. I’ve wrote two poems, short ones, I hope you’ll enjoy them!
So nice to see you, M. Jay ☺️ do join me for some cherry cream cheese dessert 🍨 heading over to read you! Happy Wednesday ❤️❤️
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A great challenge, Sanaa. I am hating this month already, so I enjoyed the opportunity to vent.
I am so pleased you liked the prompt, Hedgewitch ☺️ I look forward to reading you ❤️❤️
Any sweet tea left, Sanaa?
Sweet tea ☕️ coming right up ☺️ Happy Wednesday, Shay ❤️❤️
Hi Sanaa! Though August is often humid and hot in Delhi, it has a special place in my heart. Thanks for the lovely prompt.❤️ Could I please have Cherry cream cheese dessert as I settle down to explore the month through fellow poets’ words.
Delhi! Yes, I resonate with the hot and humid weather.. we are in the midst of monsoon here ☺️ Cherry cream cheese dessert 🍨🍒 coming right up! Happy Wednesday ❤️❤️
Thank you! And Happy Thursday. ❤️❤️
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Ah August, how I do not love thee, winter and the one true winter month here in Western Australia, the last three days has been awful with damaging winds up 120kms and loads of wind and rain, cold and ….. And yet it is amazing to watch the power of nature as I did today on the coast. Thank you for a stimulating prompt Sanaa.
Oh I am so sorry to hear about the damaging winds .. I heard about it from my relatives, they reside in Melbourne. Heading over to read you ❤️❤️
It has been difficult, but the folk in Melbourne will feel it too, the low front was massive. But, thankfully the only one this winter. 🙂
Yes thankfully 🙂 here’s hoping the coming days are easy on everyone ❤❤
Yes, hoping 🙂