This Summers day

Willliam Shakespeare

Glorious weather! and I’m off out in it! (because summers lease has all too short a date…) Beautiful poem by the master, Shakespeare just about sums today up;-

Shall I compare thee to a summers day

Sonnet 18

William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimmed;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed.

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;

Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Shall I compare thee to a summers day

Sonnet 18

William Shakespear

Update: All planned and went ahead, lovely time out and a lovely meal – and then the rains came down! Yet again! It’s beginning to look suspicious now… Every time we both have time off….. like NOW (not yesterday which was the hottest day of the year) it rains! It can be cracking the flagstones but whenever we are both off it rains. I wish there was a way that we could place BETS on this because by now we would be very rich indeed!

Poem is from here and image from here

8 thoughts on “This Summers day

  1. A lovely sonnet! The anecdotal evidence about climate change is of interest to me. Can we sense that our weather patterns are different than we are used to or is this the power of suggestion as played out in the scientific literature and media?

  2. I don’t know the answer to that, all I do know is that childhood Summers really were hotter, and it was a different type of heat too. This year has been amazing for hot days compared to the last couple of years when we had one or two and that was it:)

  3. I don’t think it is the power of suggestion from the media. I grew up in the midwest and the climate has definitely changed from what I remember as I grew up. The light seems different to me, also. Winters get cold, but not like what I remember. Summers get hot, but not what I remember. We had some whoppers of storms but not like this! One right after the other and they seem to hit with a different vengeance.
    Loved the summer sonnet and I will hope for better days off for you, Lynda!

  4. Thanks Leslie! I’m off for a couple of days break tomorrow so I hope the weather does improve:)
    And there’s defintely something going on with our weather – it’s erratic:)

    1. I’m with Leslie regarding climate change. The weather is NOT the same as I experienced growning up on the south side of Chicago where we waited forever for the HEAT to warm up the pool water and where each season had distinct defintion—spring felt like spring, fall was full of color and gradualy transition into winter with some heavy snowfalls–but not the totally whacked topsy turveey extremes I’ve noted in the last few years here in the midwest. I think the more attention one pays to one’s enviromnet the more one notices. If you haven’t been paying much attention then it’s harder to realize the changes for yourself. And frankly, the islands disappearing up north and elsewhere are like canaries in mine cages as far I’m concerned–waring signs of major upheavel forthcoming. The system is ‘closed’ and will react to all elements within its confines. Earth science 101…..and there’s the old saying that one should not s*&^ where one eats.
      As for Shakey Will’s lines—ahhhh …lovely as always–no matter to whom they were written or by whom. Thank you.

  5. Shakey Will! love it! not heard that before:) I don’t like the sound of these disappearing islands at all 47whitebuffalo! I’ve heard the old saying you mention. We say that you should never…. on your own doorstep. It should really be ‘respect EVERYONES doorstep!’
    Thanks for visiting!

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