The last of Helen Hunt Jackson’s Calendar of Sonnets (July was the month we originally joined her). I suppose I could just carry on repeating her poems ad infinitum – or until the blog expires – with different illustrations, but I think I shall try to find something different.
Appropriate to end here, perhaps, with what she thinks of as the zenith of the year. Ripeness is all …
O month whose promise and fulfilment blend,
And burst in one! it seems the earth can store
In all her roomy house no treasure more;
Of all her wealth no farthing have to spend
On fruit, when once this stintless flowering end.
And yet no tiniest flower shall fall before
It hath made ready at its hidden core
Its tithe of seed, which we may count and tend
Till harvest. Joy of blossomed love, for thee
Seems it no fairer thing can yet have birth?
No room is left for deeper ecstasy?
Watch well if seeds grow strong, to scatter free
Germs for thy future summers on the earth.
A joy which is but joy soon comes to dearth.
(some blooms from the cricket ground at Tunbridge Wells)