Summer’s End

“Broken shadows across the cracked ground”

Sunflower bows its withered head

Dry seeds pecked out by finches

Leaves droop in hot sunshine

Stalk towering tall

Equinox winks

Trees blushing




Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today’s Poetics at d’Verse once again challenges me to try something new. Laura asked us to write a poem using a line from a list given. The one I am doing is the Nonet, which is syllable based starting with nine and ending with one. She gave us a choice of beginning lines and we had to continue it in sequence. I chose: “Broken shadows across the cracked ground” (cite Merwin) .With the Fall Equinox just around the corner, I used my dried up sunflower as my subject.

Join us at: click on the Mr. Linkey box and choose a poem to read from the list of writers.

42 thoughts on “Summer’s End

  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Your poem is so delightful to the season. You say the flower in the picture is shy, but I think it looks like it has social anxiety. Lol.

    Brilliantly penned, as always. ❤

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  2. Beautiful Nonet!
    I think it is such an honor to watch the sunflowers (and all flowrs) during each of the seasons/stages-of-their-life.
    One year we had several very tall sunflowers growing in the yard that we had NOT planted. 🙂
    I guess the birds thought we needed some and dropped some seeds for us. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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