There came a day at summer’s full
Entirely for me;
I thought that such were for the saints
Where revelations be. ~ Emily Dickinson

Copyright 2014 by JM DiGiacomo

Sunflowers: Copyright 2014 by JM DiGiacomo (Diane’s mom)

My summer has begun

Softly, quietly; under a few clouds

that won’t block the sunshine.

A lonesome beginning,

just as I like it,

in order to feel glad for myself and

honor the ways of those

who don’t look for company

except as it finds them

through the touch of a breeze

or face of a flower

or sigh of a raindrop

or trust of a sparrow;

with nothing to yield for 

but the freedom to reach

and wither

and grow all over again.

~ DM Denton

Blessings on this Summer Solstice


Winter Solstice, for those in the southern hemisphere  


Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

– An Ute Prayer (Utes are indigenous people of the Great Basin, now living primarily in Utah and Colorado, USA)

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16 thoughts on “Solstitium

  1. “honor the ways of those
    who don’t look for company
    except as it finds them
    through the touch of a breeze
    or face of a flower
    or sigh of a raindrop
    or trust of a sparrow;”


    An unforgettable passage that puts the reader in that scene
    and erases all the chaos of a busy world. This one touches
    the soul!



  2. Your mom’s sunflower painting is exquisite, the essence of summer! And your poem, spending the summer solstice alone, “softly, quietly; under a few clouds,” sounds like a divine experience. Beautiful post, Diane!


    • Hi, Barbara, and thank you for your lovely comment. I just discovered this painting by my mom and it has become one of my favorites. And I do not mind solitude at all. Lovely to have you visit and a plan one over to your beautiful blog very soon. XO ♥


  3. Such a beautiful post Diane! A beautiful painting by your lovely mum and your poem is sheer bliss. “…those who don’t look for company except as it finds them…” – wonderful words. Nature is all. Lots of love to you and a very summery summer ❤️😊 xx


    • Thank you so much, Christine! Just came across this painting by my mom and was thrilled to find it! Isn’t it lovely and bold and free? Glad you liked the poem … wrote it pretty quickly. And you are so right – Nature IS all. Hope you enjoying the start to summer. I think some painting is in order for me today and tomorrow … 🙂 XO ♥


  4. Hi Diane, what a lovely posting, the image by your mother is wonderful and so is your poem. To grow in the wisdom found in nature, like the Ute prayer, that is what it is all about… Such a nice start of Summer! Enjoy your pre novel thoughts as I am sure there will be a sequel to the sequel 🙂 ♥ xxx


    • Hi, Ina and thank you! Yes, isn’t the painting wonderful … I love its boldness and sense of freedom. Just recently discovered it. And the Ute prayer … yes, nature pretty much offers all we need to know. I feel a little bereft today – just sent my novel off to the publisher yesterday – but also relieved. Finally, caught up on some laundry and housework and, otherwise, hope to veg out a little this weekend. Hope all is well with you! XO ♥


  5. Diane, this post is so beautiful with Emily Dickinson’s verse to begin with, followed by your Mom’s lovely sunflowers (one of my favorite flowers) and ending with your gorgeous poem paying tribute to today’s Summer Solstice. Wishing you also a Happy Summer Solstice and a wonderful summer ahead! Sending hugs and love your way and it’s nice to see you post again, too! ♥ xoxo


    • Thank you so much, Lauren! I just discovered this wonderful bold painting of my mom’s. Hope your summer is getting off to a wonderful start! It’s pretty hot here – that long, cold winter seems years ago now! 🙂 Sending love and hugs right back at you! XO ♥


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