Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
And summer’s ease hath all too short a date;
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimme’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
-Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare,
from my favorite Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 1953
This summer, with its sunshine and warm breezes, its vibrant colors in flowers and sky, has captivated me.
Above, a few photos I’ve posted on Instagram, a kind of photo journal of things I love as the days go on…
I’m enjoying getting to have my boys around … the years pass too quickly and soon they’ll be grown and off on their own. We’re getting to do things we didn’t get to do when we lived in Prague, and my oldest son has recently gotten his driving temps.
Time definitely sweeps by, whether we want it to or not. And so I’m living with more intention. I’m getting up when it is dark to write and revise on my novel with a clean brain, before the house gets moving. Then, the beauty of summer and its allure grabs me and I remember all over again that these moments, this time, are the essence, and I’m trying to remember to soak it all up.
Enjoy this week at the peak of summer!