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Sultry Night Of Summer

Updated on September 17, 2015


This poem is written in the style of the Haiku.


Moist earth bouquets mix

With scents of cotton and musk…

The swollen air stills;


Concealed in shadow,

Cicadas trill the night sharp…

Moths quiver the light;


My chilled glass weeps as

The julep’s kiss trickles sweet…

Wet catches the breath;


A golden moon pins

The sky with a slender brooch…

Light gilds the warm mist;


Fall’s promise beckons

The disenchanted lover…

Nature’s whims beguile.



'Thoughts of Mine' (There is a pause before the music begins.)



Copyright © 2012 Genna East All Rights Reserved

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      Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Peg. It's always good to see you,...I hope you are enjoying the week. With another winter almost upon us, I suspect that I will think back to those sultry days, quite often. It is the memory of them that never leaves.

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      Peg Cole 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This poem in its simplicity says so much and evokes such powerful images. I loved your choice of the video to accompany the words.

      "Cicadas trill the night sharp." I can almost hear them.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you so much. I enjoyed writing this poetry, and am pleased you found it interesting. Good to see you, as always. :-)

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Simply beautiful! Good work Genna keep it up

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Jackie. It's good to see you, as always, and I appreciate those kind comments. :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I turned the video on to go with the poem, very complimentary. A great if short, entertainment. Thank you.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you...I'm pleased you enjoyed it. :-)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Genna East,

      Beautifully written poem, smooth and flowing. I like the photo, it really complement the mood of the poem. Voted up and interesting.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Colin. :-) Your hubbie award was well deserved; you have to be one of most prolific and creative poets on the Net.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      Thank you Genna so much for your warmth, your support, your friendship and congratulations on my Hubbie award (two years in a row now) but it would mean nothing if that acclaim did not come from worthy and esteemed colleagues like yourself who also write on such a world class level - and it is so evident here in the artistic and creative glory of your haikus .......this is true art in the making - and you have made it so - lake erie time ontario canada 11:18am - sending you warm wishes and good energy

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Laurinzo & Alastar;

      I'm so sorry I'm late in respondng but these comments didn't show up for some reason in my account information. Hmm.

      Thank you for those very nice words. I am not a humid summer person, but I guess that's obvious. :-) I long for Fall although it will be too brief. Good to see you both.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      The promise of nature in Fall can redeem many a disenchantment if one allows it to. I've never seen, or felt, that fact better expressed than with your haiku here Genna. Simply beguiling and the best of the art form.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Would have never guessed you to be a novice... great work! Haiku seems to suit you well.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @LaurinzoScott

      I appreciate those very kind words. I’m still a novice with Haiku, but I’m learning. Take care, and nice to see you.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Nell Rose

      Thanks, Nell. That was the intent behind the words, to stir sense memories. Good to see you!

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Wow... am I glad that I found your incredible poetry, or should I say .. flow-etry. The haiku's are amazing!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Beautiful haiku, the words totally brought the feeling to life, I love the line, lights gilds the warm mist, I could feel it! lovely!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Vincent;

      A world of thanks from someone who truly admires your work. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Hugs. :-)

      Riz!

      Don’t worry about being late to the party. It is always good to see you, and thank you.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, B!

      I look forward to Fall with great anticipation. This summer has been particularly humid and the crisper autumn air is so inviting right now.

      Hello Brenda :-)

      Such lovely, kind words warm this heart. Thank you!

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      CHRiso 5 years ago

      I'm always late to the party Genna. This is stunning!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Wow Genna, I felt the Sultry night of summer and could reach out and touch your moon, you hung it so low for us . I simply loved your lines and was lost in them. Especially enjoyed these

      "My chilled glass weeps as

      The julep’s kiss trickles sweet…

      Wet catches the breath;

      Your magic is simply brilliant Genna. Hugs

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It is beautiful. This is why you need to come back to us. We miss your talent!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      What a Beautiful Poem, Expressed so well in "Haiku" style...In the Heat of a Summer's night, to Enjoy...with theFall, just around the corner.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thnks, Sofs. I'm pleased you liked the poem, and it is good to see you.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Genna, these haikus are so beautiful. Each perfect in its own right. I enjoyed reading them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Peggy. That was my favorite line too. We have five weeks left of the most humid temps of summer; Fall looks so inviting right now. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved the imagery of a golden moon pinning the sky like a golden brooch. Enjoyed this poem and while in the heat of summer, I also look forward to the Fall season. Up and interesting votes.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @teaches 12345

      Nature is a blessing. It is such a strong part of us all and bestows so many gifts. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

      @DnWW

      Hey there Dana! Good to see you too, and yes, several of my poems here have dual meanings. Take care, my friend.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Movie Master

      Thank you, Lesley for the supportive comments and sharing. :-) I’m still learning Haiku forms and there are many rules that can be confusing.

      @Unknown Spy

      Thank you, and I appreciate the visit and kind remarks. :-)

      @Ignugent 17

      That was my intent through the words, so I’m pleased it triggered the senses. Thank you!

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      DnWW 5 years ago

      Dear Lady;

      I think that like your ’Deer in Summer,’ this seductive poem has two meanings. The whims of our nature reflected through nature find their voice again in Genna East. I like it.

      Good to see you writing here again. Missed you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I was visualizing myself standing in this field, smelling the warm air and anticipating the cooler fall weather. Great poem to allow a person to experience life's blessings like this.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Beautiful and while reading you can almost feel the moist and scent of the air. Thanks for sharing.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wonderful! A poem with such elegance.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fabulous haiku's Genna and the picture is perfect!

      Voted up and shared

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Always Exploring

      Hi Ruby! I wish I could share your enthusiasm for this particular summer; it’s been a tough one here. But when I think of how close winter follows fall, I remind myself, “Be careful what you wish for.” :-)

      @Amy

      Thank you, my friend, for your very perceptive thoughts. I like summer, but our steaming humidity is hard to take at times. It forced the “feels like temp” to a wet 107 degrees two weeks ago. The nights sit heavily in the air, without escape. Sometimes, like the caprice of disillusioned and impatient lovers, we look forward to one season, embrace its arrival only to tire of it and await the next. Just like the end of a love affair.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Maya

      Hey Maya! How are you? Thank you….and, could be. :-) Hugs, my friend.

      @Writer20

      Thank you. I’m such a novice at this style of poetry, and am still stumbling to find my way. But it beckons to me for some reason.

      @Kashmir65

      Thank you! I know I’ve said this before, but I absolutely adore that avatar. It makes me smile every time.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Arb

      Hello Arb! I love nature and the many things we can learn from such simplicity. Thank you for those kind and thoughtful words. :-)

      @Will Starr

      Hi there Will. That’s high praise coming from one of my favorite story tellers. Thank you.

      @Wayne Brown

      Hello Wayne. Thank you. Those moments are coming too slowly during this particular hot and steaming summer.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Deborah Brooks

      Hello Deborah. That is so sweet of you, thank you! Good to see you.

      @Mckbirdbks

      Hi Mike. Thank you and I appreciate the support, especially from the author of the famous and cozy Emerald Wells Café. :-)

      @Xstatic

      The hot and humid days can be sensual and seductive. I’m so pleased you liked the poem.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is so sumptuous, I would be intimidated to even try this style of poetry. However, your emotive, enveloping Haiku, makes it very tempting. I felt the dampening glass, and longed to taste the julep. I felt the humid air and the smell of the landscape. I felt the nuances of the beginning of the end of a relationship and summer. I love your perfect words.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Genna nice to see back writing, love this very beautiful written poem it was a wonderful read !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful Genna! I don't want summer to end, but i know it will. You make the transition to fall enchanting. Loved it....

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful simple poem that is brilliant.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Maya 5 years ago

      Genna – you’re back!

      Wow. Love your Haiku-style poem.

      The hot and humid summer night also puts me in mind of a steamy love affair that has ended ---- or am I reading too much into this?

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      A beautifully-description of the moments of movement from summer into fall...I like it! WB

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent work, Genna!

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      arb 5 years ago

      simplicity has a way of stealing our breath and holding it until we squeeze from it the life, which otherwise, is left to cry from inattention. Your poetry demands we put the hurry behind and consider the beauty in such simplicity. It is so good to see you here.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is a beautiful poem with the sensuous images of a hot Summer night

      all around. Up, beautiful, awesome!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Genna this is beautiful. I just brought it over to Facebook. Good to see you writing for us again. Now, I am going to study this poem and learn something.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Genna simply precious poem.this is the first poem i read this morning and I want to thank you for writing this.. this made my day. sharing

      debbie