Poetry Sunday-Summersweet






Sweet warm fragrance catches the wind,

Explodes with all your senses drawn in.

While the sun dances through the greening leaves,

Unto the flowers the colors do cleave.



Pollinators catch sight as they fly on by,

Stopping for a sip, letting out a sigh.

They know the secret of this summer sweet swoon,

And you’ll know it too when you nourish this bloom.



So keep her head in part sun, and her feet somewhat wet-

And oh the rewards in late summer you will get!



 © Donna Donabella 2015




I am taking a break from my series of summer poems.  I originally wrote this poem in 2012 to accompany a post to profile the native plant, Summersweet as it was blooming in high summer.


The original poem is just 4 lines (the first 2 and last 2 in this poem).  I recently added several more lines to the poem to pour out my love for this flowering shrub as it begins to bloom now.  I look forward to it every year in late July or early August.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

summersweet collage

I am joining in a wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 







Special Note:  The pictures here are of my native Summersweet bush also known as Clethra alnifolia, ‘Ruby Spice’.




I leave you with a few additional words about Summersweet.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

68 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Summersweet”

  1. lovely DoF on the main photo, Donna.

    this is like an ode or a song of summersweet blooms 🙂

    i like the use of pollinators here

  2. Stopping for a sip, letting out a sigh. – isn’t this so much like life…busy bees that we are..it is good to stand still a minute and savour the world around us – just as you did here

    1. You know Jae it is amazing how life is written into our poems even when we don’t even realize it at first sometimes….so glad you enjoyed the pause and sip!

  3. They know the secret of this summer sweet swoon,
    And you’ll know it too when you nourish this bloom.

    This seems like a beautiful ode to gardening.. and rejoicing in the delights of summer 🙂 Flowers bring such a lot of joy don’t they? 😀
    Beautifully penned! Hope you’re well. Happy Sunday 😀

    Lots of love,

  4. “And you’ll know it too when you nourish this bloom.”…this seems to be the secret of all happiness…another summer beauty Donna…

  5. The more pollinators in the area the better! I am thankful for them & for all of the blooms that result. Well expressed.

  6. I wrote THE most beautiful comment for you. Really. Then as I pressed ‘post’, I lost my internet cconnection. So now I am just writing a mediocre comment. Sorry.
    Ha. My comment may be mediocre, but your poem and photos are not. I would wait too for the blossoming of such a pretty shrub. Lovely. Thank you Donna.

  7. This is so sweet, Donna 🙂 This reminds me of my walk to work. There’s a yard I pass and I can always smell the sweet blooms when I’m a few houses away. It’s one of my favorite parts of my walk 🙂

  8. Hi Donna, the summer sweet is beautiful. Your first photograph is amazingly beautiful! Hope you’re having a good summer! Isn’t retirement great!??!

  9. I love all of the flutters they attract……they look a lot more delicate in your pictures
    than the ones I know here. Something about the name makes me swoon just a bit:)
    Thanks for sharing the blossoms from where you Summer:)
    (and those words! wonderful)

  10. I love the name of this flower ~ Summersweet! Perfect poem & image to convey the sweetness of summer. You have the most beautiful garden, Donna. One day, I’ll get there ~ you inspire me in words & pictures 🙂

    1. Oh Loredana. There is no bigger compliment than to inspire….and you inspired me to pursue poetry and connect with Poets United. Thank you for that my friend!

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