Poetry Sunday: June by James Russell Lowell

The June that James Russell Lowell describes in his poem does indeed sound like the perfect month, a time when "The flush of life may well be seen..." Wherever you are, I hope you are experiencing that "perfect" month.


by James Russell Lowell

What is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays:
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;
Every clod feels a stir of might,
An instinct within it that reaches and towers,
And, groping blindly above it for light,
Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers;
The flush of life may well be seen
Thrilling back over hills and valleys;
The cowslip startles in meadows green.
The buttercup catches the sun in its chalice,
And there's never a leaf nor a blade too mean
To be some happy creature's palace;
The little bird sits at his door in the sun,
Atilt like a blossom among the leaves,
And lets his illumined being o'errun
With the deluge of summer it receives;
His mate feels the eggs beneath her wings,
And the heart in her dumb breast flutters and sings;
He sings to the wide world, and she to her nest,—
In the nice ear of Nature which song is the best?


  1. As a matter of fact, Dorothy, June has been nigh on perfect ( other than for our provincial election), so I can vouch for the fact that June really does deliver some splendid days.

    1. There's been nothing to complain about here either - at least as far as the weather and Nature are concerned.

  2. June has been a decent month so far for me!

    1. And here as well. Let's hope the rest of the month goes as smoothly.

  3. I wish everyday was a day like he describes in this poem!

    1. We'd probably get bored with all that perfection.

  4. The last few days of June have been perfection here.

  5. "What is so rare as a day in June?
    Then, if ever, come perfect days..."

    So true!

    1. So far, it has certainly been true of this June.


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