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Gifts of August
Dianalee Velie


Bursting blueberries dark as the waters off Maine,
Abundant Long Island Daisies, perennial show-offs of late summer,
Blackberries plucked from the bush, staining fingers and mouths,
Yellow sunflowers nodding from extravagant heights,
Succulent apricot and peach juices dripping from chins,

Back to school supplies anticipating another academic year,
Indolent, hot, lazy afternoons lingering on the beach,
Red lobsters splashed with freshly squeezed lemons,
Tomatoes as plump and tasty as childhood memories,
Husked fresh corn on the cob rolling in creamery butter,
Days delineated by longer evenings and your birth,
Added forever to the gifts of August,
Yesterday’s gifts, now only a luminous dream.

From First Edition (Rock Village Publishing, 2005).
Used with permission.



Dianalee Velie is the author of five books of poetry and a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in hundreds of literary journals throughout the U.S. and Canada, and she has taught at universities and colleges throughout the Northeast for over 40 years. When she’s not writing, Dianalee enjoys traveling and watching her 12-year-old goalie grandson play hockey. She lives with her husband in Newbury, New Hampshire, where they recently saw a moose come charging through their backyard. Learn more about Dianalee at

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Wonderful poem!
Posted 08/17/2020 06:49 PM
Neat, the way she alipped in the birthday greeting. Lots of sense imagery here.
Posted 08/17/2020 04:14 PM
Lori Levy:
Very appealing to the senses!
Posted 08/17/2020 03:56 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Love the sensuosity in this poem. Happy Birthdays, August born...
Posted 08/17/2020 10:19 AM
Cathy’s Sister:
Loved �Days delineated by longer evenings and your birth.� My daughter�s birthday is the best gift August could ever have given me.
Posted 08/17/2020 09:53 AM
michael escoubas:
I'm getting in line for my gifts . . . for sure! Excellent, visual and sensuous poem.
Posted 08/17/2020 08:13 AM
nice poem, good depiction of NH in August from an excellent NH poet!
Posted 08/17/2020 06:14 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Nice imagery. My mouth is watering for my favorite foods, lobster, tomatoes, corn on the cob, apricots blueberries and blackberries.
Posted 08/17/2020 05:20 AM

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