Autumn’s Kiss

autumn tiptoes in on damp silent feet

kisses summer goodbye with soft, cool lips
sighs through treetops, so gentle and sweet
autumn tiptoes in on damp, silent feet
parched, spent summer makes a languid retreat
red, gold, and orange laugh, tumble, and skip
autumn tiptoes in on damp, silent feet
kisses summer goodbye with soft, cool lips

© 2022 July Day


Image by Alan Frijns from Pixabay


night sky unfolding
whispers coming from beyond
speaks an oracle
of divine engendering
wise ancient stars bedazzle

©2022 July Day


Written for Moonwashed Weekly Prompt–Bedazzle:

Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay


lightning forks black sky
punctures purple, pregnant clouds
quenches poor, parched earth

©️2021 July Day


Posted for Fandango’s Flashback Friday:

Image by Greg Bierer from Pixabay

The Unknown

Galaxies beguile and beckon,
Mouths of black holes yawn.
I face the unknown, bent of body, but bright of mind,
Not fearing the coming dawn

Of old age that comes
To all stars, planets, and man.
I face the unknown, time sifting through my fingers
Like grains of silvered sand.

©2017 July Day

Image by Florian Steinberger from Pixabay


Gilded clouds glide, passing me by.

Dream-ships sailing darkening sky,

Steering toward a distant place

Not found by maps, but by grace.

Do they hear my sorrowful sigh?

I watch their fleet, tears in my eyes—

Oh, how I wish that I could fly,

My lonely eagle soul, embrace.

Gilded clouds glide.

In their wispy hearts, I descry,

I’m not worthy of a Shanghai,

Not worthy to share their blest space.

Passing from sight, leaving no trace,

They whisper on the wind…goodbye.

Gilded clouds glide.

©️2022 July Day


Written for Moonwashed Weekly Challange–Gilded:

Image by Claudio Kirner from Pixabay

More Sunflowers

Look there...
Beside the stream
Lovely heads wave gaily
Sunflowers say, heat's on the way--

©2022 July Day

American cinquain

These two watercolor paintings I completed a while back are my last hurrah to sunflowers and summer for the year. I hope. 🙂 I’m more than ready for fall.


golden sunflowers
burnished orange by August’s gaze
summer winding down

©2022 July Day


Image by vargazs from Pixabay


the wings are still there
propped in a dark corner
of a forgotten room
since childhood

shaggy and moth-eaten
dull gray with dust
feathers drooping
beneath Time’s weight

they whisper of a dream
where anything is possible
where I can fly
if only I believe

and possess a child’s courage
to strap on gossamer wings
constructed of innocence and faith
and leap blindly into space

©2018 July Day

free verse

Image by Alan from Pixabay


Vivacious colors mingle, merge,
happy-dance upon blank canvas.
Yellow, red, and others converge
with joyous shouts of “Look at us!”
Shocked, the artist stares, most anxious,
as the sly, scheming colors beam,
escape the brush, paint their own dreams.

©2022 July Day
rhyme royal

Written for Moonwashed Weekly Challenge–Vivacious

Image by edith lüthi from Pixabay

Sun Bounce

Sun Bounce
nodding evergreen
holds silent sentinel
over lake reflections

©️2022 July Day


Watercolor image my own.

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