August Poems

Popular August Poems
The City Planners
by Margaret Atwood

Cruising these residential Sunday
streets in dry August sunlight:
what offends us is
the sanities:
the houses in pedantic rows, the planted
sanitary trees, assert
levelness of surface like a rebuke
to the dent in our car door.
No shouting here, or
shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt

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The Little Old Lady In Lavender Silk
by Dorothy Parker

I was seventy-seven, come August,
I shall shortly be losing my bloom;
I've experienced zephyr and raw gust
And (symbolical) flood and simoom.

When you come to this time of abatement,
To this passing from Summer to Fall,
It is manners to issue a statement
As to what you got out of it all.


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The Months
by Sara Coleridge

January brings the snow,
makes our feet and fingers glow.

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.

April brings the primrose sweet,

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Here Is A Wound That Never Will Heal, I Know
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Here is a wound that never will heal, I know,
Being wrought not of a dearness and a death,
But of a love turned ashes and the breath
Gone out of beauty; never again will grow
The grass on that scarred acre, though I sow
Young seed there yearly and the sky bequeath
Its friendly weathers down, far Underneath
Shall be such bitterness of an old woe.
That April should be shattered by a gust,
That August should be levelled by a rain,

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To My Brother Miguel In Memoriam
by Cesar Vallejo

Brother, today I sit on the brick bench of the house,
where you make a bottomless emptiness.
I remember we used to play at this hour, and mama
caressed us: "But, sons..."

Now I go hide
as before, from all evening
lectures, and I trust you not to give me away.
Through the parlor, the vestibule, the corridors.
Later, you hide, and I do not give you away.

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Recent August Poems
Lights Out
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

Redbird at midnight
Where did the orange sun go
on Emerald Lane?
Stars twinkle summer
butterfly wings so weary
Lights out cool fireflies.
Resting on jade grass
do the crickets miss their song
in mellow moonlight?
Flowers waltz in pearls

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Cuties Chilled
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

chicago cuties
tangerine days of summer
when noon redbird sings

cool burst of sunshine
from the fridge of hot august
its dream turned to dust

flowers are flaunting
crisp tomorrows coming soon

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End of Summer
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

August is fading
lushest blooms kiss a fierce sun
sudden surprise chills

standoff of seasons
spicy fragrance thrills both sides
butterfly bliss hides

skies still berry blue
melancholy wake up call

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August Evening
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

Pink, gold and purple
at the verge of baby blue
Soft, twilight birdsong
Flickering fascination
in the glow of green fireflies

Weary day gives way
to cool night's diamonds and pearls
and pervading scents
Lush evening, dripping colors

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Into the Sunshine
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

through the dim hallway
to bright blaze of better days
optimistic smile

interesting hues
and all are feeling warmth's touch
in sweet summer's glaze

sultry, rich August
when the roses are teeming

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