September 5, 2008

Summer's Almost Over

Summer's Almost Over

Summer's almost over and I'm crying but I don't know why
Sentimental old fool, weeping for this blue, blue sky
And the way the cat is sleeping and the way the garden grew
Wagging dogs who lick my face and the way I feel for you

Paddling in the kayaks, with my sister, through the quiet creek
Moon upon the water and the river breeze upon my cheek
And the way my Father shuffles with his courage and his cane
And the way September bluffs and feints till autumn falls again
Oh summer's almost over and I'm crying but I don't know why

A party for my birthday and a tractor for my 50 years
Swallows at their bird play spin and dive above the new mown fields
And a week in Colorado reading books with my best friend
And the thing I knew I couldn't do and now I know I can

Who could help but welcome autumn and the promise of the winter snow?
Still there's something sweet and wistful
as I watch this lovely summer go

But the sun is sinking sooner and the weeds have won at last
With the berries on the bushes and the crickets in the grass
Oh summer's almost over and I'm crying but I don't know why

Words and music by Cheryl Wheeler

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  1. You changed your picture!! Must have been my comment that it was scary. :<) Now, are you sitting down? I'm sure you don't remember but I used this very song last August on the blog:

    Twilight Zone music, please.

  2. Anonymous5:17 PM

    What a beautiful poem. I think some of the best poetry today is being written as song lyrics.


  3. Anonymous8:17 PM

    Very nice new picture. Love it.

    And...I love the sentiment of the poem, but I don't know when we might be able to sing it here. Maybe late October? We had an over 100 degree day this week. :-(

  4. I would have to move very, very far north to cry about summer ending! :)

  5. Nan - I'm still using Blogger's Classic format, so change isn't quite as easy as it is for those using the Layout format. So, since I don't get to change my header like you do (at least I haven't been successful in my attempts to do it with HTML), I thought I could at least change my profile picture every now and then. I kind of miss my reading girl, though. Who knows how long I'll keep the kayak up...

    Yes, I do remember when you used this song on a post. I loved it so much I copied the lyrics into a quote folder to use someday. Great minds think a like -- or just copy each other! :)

    Mary - Isn't it lovely? I discovered it on Nan's blog last summer.

    Kay - See my note to Nan. I wish I could figure out a way to change my header and still stay with Classic Blogger.

    I hope you get some of our cooler weather in the coming days. It was downright cold yesterday. We're only at 72 right now. I'm hoping for a few more weeks of hot weather.

    Nancy - Hehehe. :)


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