July is nearly over, and I’m not quite sure where it went. It has passed in a blur of long work days and early mornings, music of all shapes and sizes, Psalms and long conversations with friends, and many, many hours of reading aloud. Summer is nearly over, and I’m simultaneously excited for and slightly dreading the return to school in two weeks (!). Somehow Autumn is looming larger by the day and Summer is beginning to fade around the edges…
Anyways, enough of that vaguely depressing nonsense. 😀 Today I thought I would give you a little peek into what joys this month has held for me. It isn’t a poem exactly – more like a collection of questionably poetical lines. That’s what you get when it’s late and my brain is foggy with sleep and I’ve been reading a lot of L.M. Montgomery and C.S. Lewis. 😀 I hope you enjoy!
Morning roads winding upwards under a clear and quiet sky.
Dawn in all its shy, dim glory.
The chatter of children and the clasp of many hands.
Moments of peace snatched from the hands of haste.
Stories unfolded in the company of handmade paper dolls and friendly rain.
Green pinafore dresses the color of sea foam eyes and faded spring.
The gold of lion’s mane and the dust of many roads captured in the pages of books read aloud.
Laughter and watermelon rinds mingle, scattered across the dinner table.
Hands entangling beneath a golden, rain-washed sky.
The warm, trusting weight of a small sleeping body.
Psalms quietening my soul for rest in the quiet of falling night.
Looking towards tomorrow, wishing against the rush of today soon to become yesterday.
Of course this isn’t all July has brought me. It also gave me a healthy dosage of fears, doubts, tears, exhaustion, exasperation, and random injuries to my left arm. 😀 But where is the poetical joy in all that? How much better to fix our souls on the good and beauty that is found amidst the dark and shadow. I find that when I lift my eyes above the fear and look for the joys, my heart is strengthened and I am able to face another day with fresh anticipation and hope. I pray it may be so with you.
What joys has July brought into your path? I’d love to hear about them (in poetical form or not) in the comments! 🙂