Friday, June 24, 2022

Wondrous June

Are you surprised that June is almost at its end and spring turned into summer two days ago? It's time to sing June's praises.

The solemn hour of midnight breathes
sweet thoughts everywhere.
It is the month of June-
So mellow the gentle breath of June day breeze. 
The sun is rich. 
The summer morn is bright and fresh.        
I know well that the June rains just fall.

Do you recall that night in June?
We watched the moonbeams quiver.
In golden hours, silver days, 
The month of June trembled like a butterfly.

June, hushed and breathless, waits and I wait too, with June.
The time is ours to spend.
©CVarsalona, 2022, Cento Poem & Nature Photo

The cento poem (or collage poem) is a poetic form composed entirely of lines from poems by other poets.  I organized the lines from the following poets to create the cento poem, Wondrous June.

Lines 1-2    -  Emily Jane Bronte
Line 3         -  The Month of June by Nathaniel Parker Willis
Line 4        -  June by Francis Duggan
Line 5         -  June by John Updike
Line 6         -  William C. Bryant  
Line 7         -  Onitsura
Lines 8-9  -  Daube River by Charles Hamilton Aide
Line 10       -  June by John Updike
Line 11         -  Pablo Neruda
Lines 12-13 -  In Fountain Court by Arthur Symons
Line 14        -  June by John Updike


Logo created by Michelle Kogan

The poem below was created while designing my Summer Poem Swap #1.

In muted morning, earth moves
Like swishing, melodic chimes
Breezing through June's gentle winds.
Nature nurtures us, framing each
Glorious moment in time.
©CVarsalona, 2022


This month I have been so busy with end-of-cataract-surgeries' doctor visits and my first Summer Poem Swap 2022 hosted by our marvelous organizer, Tabatha Yeatts. I did not have time to begin The Poetry Sisters' June challenge: write a byr a thoddaid. Perhaps I shall  try the format at some other time, albeit it appears to be complicated.


"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment
of the promise of earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."-Gertrude Jekyll

"June is the gateway to summer." - Jean Hersey
Enjoy the relaxation that summer brings!


Catherine Flynn, the host of the Poetry Friday Roundup, is greeting us this week with a beautiful end-of-the-school-year poem that you will enjoy reading. Join me at Catherine's blog, Reading to the Core. She is sharing the delightful logo above. It is so lovely that I wanted to add it to this post.


  1. Oh, those pretty, pretty wind chimes. They are a perfect compliment to your poetry. Jone and now you have got me hunting for cento lines! It's pretty fun and I find that I read poems differently while hunting for lines. I hope you are still on the upswing of recovery and feeling better every day.

  2. All those wondrous poets celebrating June along with you and now us, Carol, is quite wonderful! I love your postcard , too, those "muted mornings" when we just sit and enjoy. Hope you are finished with the recovery and will love this final week of June!

  3. I can hear those chimes celebrating the beginning of summer. An impressive Cento poem with so many lovely quotes. I love the line by Aurthur Symons, "June, hushed and breathless, waits and I wait too, with June."

  4. Your poems invite us to pause and appreciate all the qualities of June, as we stand on the threshold of summer. I am inspired by your cento poem - I've never tried that form before, but I'm adding it to my list of forms to play with sometime!

  5. ^ That was me commenting above. :-) Elisabeth

  6. What a fabulous cento! Those lines captured the spirit of June perfectly!

  7. Carol, you chose so many lovely lines for this cento I can't pick a favorite! June is a glorious month!