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The summer ends, and it is time
To face another way. Our theme
Reversed, we harvest the last row
To store against the cold, undo
The garden that will be undone.
We grieve under the weakened sun
To see all earth's green fountains dried,
And fallen all the works of light.
You do not speak, and I regret
This downfall of the good we sought
As though the fault were mine. I bring
The plow to turn the shattering
Leaves and bent stems into the dark,
From which they may return. At work,
I see you leaving our bright land,
The last cut flowers in your hand.

"The Summer Ends" by Wendell Berry

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Reader Comments (19)

Oh, my, Cheryl! Your rose is the perfect illustration of summer as it ends. Just absolutely lovely. Great poem to accompany it, too.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDotti

Oh Cheryl this is just lovely, the way the rose looks is just so WOW. Outstanding and a true beauty.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst

Thanks Dotti...for the visit and the lovely comment...when September hits, it doesn't take long.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Barbara...thank nice of you to stop many new things's going to be a great fall..

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Quiet, simple, and surely showing the end of summer! So beautiful! Some of my roses are just now producing buds! Maybe they like cooler weather better. I love the poem. I'm looking forward to Autumn, which could last six months for me. xx

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Gorgeous! So soft and simple with beautiful light. Lovely poem.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Thank you Sheila for your visit...Nice to see you here..
Have a lovely evening..

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

The rose with the petals falling and the soft light combined with the poem really sums it all up ... it's beautiful but sad ... I love autumn and just wish it would last longer.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

I love the gentleness and tender-heartedness of this photograph. Beautifully done.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersarah

gasp... this is GORGEOUSNESS.... love so much....

xo, Kim

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim klassen

Beautiful Cheryl. Kills me that summer is coming to end. It seems as though it just started!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

Oh so lovely Cheryl and I love those words by Berry! A perfect pairing of image and words!

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Yes, the fading rose is a metaphor for the fading summer. Ahhh, but the rose will bloom again and the summer will return. We are so lucky.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn G.

Beverly thank you for your compliment here on the blog. You'll have your roses longer than me. And your photos will be beautiful,

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Thank you all for your visits and kind words. They are always appreciated.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

So so pretty, and the poem is perfect too.

September 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv

This is extraordinarily lovely, Cheryl. The petals are my favorite part! They seem to be glowing.

September 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

Thank you Sherry....I love this one myself..LOl..I have always loved a good rose and these are proving to be excellent...Knock-Out..they bloom and bloom...putting another bush in next year I think...

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Such a beautiful way to say farewell to one of the most glorious summers I can ever remember. And I have a feeling Fall is going to follow in its footsteps and glory! A few minutes ago I had a glimpse of your boys walking a path at the beach, and then the photo disappeared from flickr . . . so I "feel" a story coming on!
Much love to all from Antoinette . . . Wish our paths would cross again at Goose Rocks!

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

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