June Bugs

June bugs or Sunburst beetles emerge in great numbers in June and chew holes in the giant leaves of sunflowers and make wayward flights into human territory. They are also a beautiful glossy/iridescent green/gold. Just a little entomology to introduce another short-lived but beloved early summer favorite – June haiku:


wild blackberries

so like my curls

dark and sweet


all my poems

suddenly adrift

this June night


the swishing wind

carries your name

rain falling


orange blossom honey

the sweetness

of yielding


I’d rather fall in love

than write poems

the june moon











A Summer Moon

A Summer Moon

born to
a summer moon
always yours
to hold

with golden curls
that honeycomb
the morning’s
early glow

through fields
woods and meadows
on pond seas

we play
catching rides
on children’s swings
laughing in the breeze

we hunt seaglass
the color of your eyes
tumbled by the shore’s
rocky waves

pray to the goddess
and converse
with trees
amongst the craggy graves

the warmth of tea
bread and butter
a smile through tears
on your face

we watch two eagles
soar and glide
alone and together
hearts fill with grace

this breath
of life but
a firefly’s

catch it
the sweet dimple
of evening’s
soft light

born to
a summer moon
always yours
to hold

a shooting star
blessed with grace
finds her way

for Robin ~ beloved friend forever

Rest In Peace ~ July 18, 1952 – August 13, 2012