Summer Serenade

05 Jul

Summer Serenade

Summer’s orchestra plays
woodwind overture
of a bird-filled morning.

Viola hum of bees
quark of oboe ducks
blend with bowing violins
of an insect-busy refrain.

Trombone slide convertibles
show off the flashy third movement.

Clink of cutlery and crystal
are percussion
tremolo laughter
the piccolo trills
of a pitch-perfect finale.


© 2009 by Violet Nesdoly
First published in River of Words (a publication of MSA Poets Potpourri Society).

I am re-posting this poem from the summer of 2011. It’s my summer experience so far this June-July. (Hope you don’t mind second servings once in a while 🙂

Poetry Friday LogoIt’s linked at Poetry Friday, hosted today by Keri at Keri Recommends.


Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Nature


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11 responses to “Summer Serenade

  1. Maureen

    August 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    What a clever poem. I especially like “Trombone slide convertibles / show off the flashy third movement.”


  2. vnesdoly

    August 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Thank you, Maureen! We’re in a stretch of such summer weather. I love it!!


  3. Keri Collins Lewis

    July 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    The best songs can always be played again and again. The same is true for poems, and I hope to see it again next year! Thanks for sharing!


  4. haitiruth

    July 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm



  5. Tabatha

    July 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Encore, Violet! Feel free to do repeats!


  6. Linda Baie

    July 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Love it, Violet. Encores are always good. I love those oboe ducks (they both do have similar tones!) More, more! I always loved the flowers in your photo and we called them bread and butter. Do you know their proper name?


  7. Violet Nesdoly

    July 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you, Keri, Ruth, Tabatha and Linda!

    Linda, I think the flowers in my photo are called Butter and Eggs, or Toadflax. According to my wildflower book, they are a member of the snapdragon family.


  8. maryleehahn

    July 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I could listen to that song over and over again! Hooray for summer!!


  9. margaretsmn

    July 6, 2013 at 4:04 am

    For some this is a first time poem. Love the second stanza of the insect-busy refrain.


  10. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    July 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Your matching of summertime and music is perfect– especially with all the outdoor concerts and festivals that take place this time of year!


  11. Becky

    July 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Wonderful, Violet! I can picture it all!



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