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Farewell to Summer (Goodnight Moon)

I did it! I wrote a short poem for every day of the summer. A notebook in my Evernote app called “2017 Summer Shorts Poems” now holds 93 of this summer’s daily photos and their accompanying verses.

That I even completed this amazes me. But that I enjoyed it to the last day amazes even more. I think the secret of finishing was that my expectations were low. The poems are all short. I didn’t write every day but did take daily photos and then caught up with the poem-writing when I had the time and the inspiration. And I never got too far behind.

Today I share with you yesterday’s photo and poem of farewell to summer. The photo prompt was “Goodnight Moon.”

Capture Your 365 photo for September 21, 2017: “Goodnight Moon” (© 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Farewell to Summer

Goodnight moon of blushing gold.
Farewell drowsy heat of noon.
Mornings now are crisp and cold
falling leaves and frost come soon.
Autumn’s winds and rains are bold
I would love a summer rune.
Through these lines your charms I’ll hold
till you come again next June.


© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


poetryfridayThis post is linked to the Poetry Friday, hosted today by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm where on Tuesday she celebrated the actual birth day of her new book Read! Read! Read!


27 thoughts on “Farewell to Summer (Goodnight Moon)”

    1. Thank you, Jama. I agree, a gorgeous peach! We have very few peach trees here and the fruits on this one, seen over a wooden fence as high as a well, surprised me when I noticed them a week or two ago. I think we had the perfect summer for growing peaches though, hot and sunny.



  1. WOW! Many, many congratulations. I’m so impressed and happy for you. That photo really made me want to take a bite of that peach (or, is it an apple?). I love how the fruit is the orange glowing moon we are saying goodbye to. Perfect.


    1. Thank you, Linda. It is a peach—a rare fruit for our region. Apples are more common. The “goodnight moon” prompt had me stumped for a while. I spent much of my walk gazing at the sky for some sight of a ghosty daytime moon. But then I came to the conclusion, anything round would do, I saw that orange orb, the idea for a poem came and… done!



  2. I’m curious… Is this the change of your seasons, now (late September?) I notice a lot of people are posting Autumn poems – and your post makes it sound like yesterday was the last day of summer.

    Your peach photo is making me hungry. It teams up so well with Heidi’s poem this week – and perfectly compliments the blushing gold. And I love how ‘drowsy noon’ hints at the downy peach.


    1. Thanks, Katswhiskers. Yes, you’ve got that seasonal thing right. On June 21st my calendar has the words “Summer Solstice.” On September 21st, “Autumnal Equinox.” Including and between those two dates is the season we call summer (no matter what the weather). I suppose it’s exactly opposite for you in Australia? Would the time between those dates be your winter?



      1. Oh wow. So – do the dates for season changes then CHANGE – every year? Or is it always the 21st? Australian seasons are opposite, yes – but also marked by the calendar months. So – Dec/Jan/Feb are summer, March/April/May are autumn… and our new season (spring) kicked in on the 1st of September. Kind of simple and effective. 🙂


  3. “Farewell drowsy heat of noon”

    What a beautiful photograph, poem, and project. And I am not surprised by how much you loved it. How magical it is to find the great stores of imagination within us…when we discipline ourselves with ritual. I am working to discipline myself with ritual during these fall days… Peace. x

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    1. Thanks, Amy, and also thanks for hosting this week. I love how you put that: “How magical it is to find the great stores of imagination within us… when we discipline ourselves with ritual.” So true!



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