Featured Poem: August

August by Lizette Woodworth Reese

No wind, no bird. The river flames like brass.
On either side, smitten as with a spell
Of silence, brood the fields. In the deep grass,
Edging the dusty roads, lie as they fell
Handfuls of shriveled leaves from tree and bush.
But ’long the orchard fence and at the gate,
Thrusting their saffron torches through the hush,
Wild lilies blaze, and bees hum soon and late.
Rust-colored the tall straggling briar, not one
Rose left. The spider sets its loom up there
Close to the roots, and spins out in the sun
A silken web from twig to twig. The air
Is full of hot rank scents. Upon the hill
Drifts the noon’s single cloud, white, glaring, still.


via Poets.org

Reading Spaces

Reading Spaces: Porch Swings

While hammocks are certainly easier to fit into a backyard space (especially if you get a stand for it) a porch swing would be nice as well. I’m a big fan of the ones that are so oversized they resemble a hanging bed – would be the perfect place to spend a lazy summer day!

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Reading Spaces: Hammock Lounging

Hammocks are one of those things that sound better in theory than they really are. I used to always wish for a hammock to lounge around in and then when we finally got one, I discovered I didn’t like it all that much. For one thing, you keep it outside usually so the bugs and spiders get all over it. For another thing, it’s outside so you have to remember to keep reapplying the sunscreen and hope you don’t fall in sleep in it and wake up a lobster. But. There is something very romantic about the idea of spending a lazy summer afternoon reading in a hammock. And with the 4th of July, the height of summer right around the corner, this week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to the humble and romantic hammock, no matter how impractical they may actually turn out to be!

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Reading Spaces: Summer Lounging

Summer will be here before we know it and I’m already dreaming of whiling away lazy summer days with a good book. Truth be told, I burn easily so there isn’t a lot of difference between reading during the summer and reading during any other time of year. But that doesn’t stop me from fantasizing about basking in the sun, preferably on one of these comfy porch swings!

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