July Muse Day


“July Muse Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called 
Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

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The Garden of Alcinous

Homer

Close to the gates a spacious garden lies,

From storms defended and inclement skies;

Four acres was the allotted space of ground,

Fenced with a green enclosure all around.

Tall thriving trees confessed the fruitful mould;

The reddening apple ripens here to gold,

Here the fig with luscious juice o’er flows,

With deeper red the full pomegranate glows,

Then branch here bends beneath the weighty pear,

And verdant olives flourish round the year.

The balmy spirit of the western gale

Eternal breathes on fruits untaught to fail;

Each dropping pear a following pear supplies,

On apples apples, figs on figs arise:

The same mild season gives the blooms to blow,

The buds to harden and the fruits to grow.

Here ordered vines in equal ranks appear

With all the united labors of the year;

Some to unload the fertile branches run,

Some dry the blackening clusters in the sun,

Others to tread the liquid harvest join,

The groaning presses foam with floods of wine.

Here are the vines in early flower described,

Here grapes discolored on the sunny side,

And there in autumn’s richest purple dyed.

Beds of all various herbs, forever green,

In beauteous order terminate the scene.

Two plenteous fountains the whole prospect crowned;

This through the gardens leads its streams around,

Visits each plant, and waters all the ground;

While that in pipes beneath the palace flows,

And thence its current on the town bestows;

To various use their various streams they bring,

The people one and one supplies the King.

Thanks to Carolyn of Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for sponsoring Garden Bloggers’ Muse day, a day to post an orginal or favorite poem about nature.  Be sure to stop by her blog to see other great nature poems.

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6 Comments

  1. July 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    What a lovely poem! Such a nice Muse Day post! -Jackie

  2. donna said,

    July 2, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Jan, you put a lot more effort into Muse Day than I do and it shows. Very nice. Enjoyed it.

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks, Donna. I wish I had more time for poetry.

  3. July 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

    The photo and the poem look like they belong together. What a thoughtful poem for muse day. I totally forgot about it this month! Jan

    • Jan said,

      July 3, 2009 at 10:48 am

      Thanks, Jan. That photo depicts a fountain in the New Orleans Botanical Gardens which I thought has a classical air to go with the excerpt from The Odyssey.


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