Summer's Lease


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Sonnet 18)

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest 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.


The now-familiar pattern of a dip in the jet stream brought unseasonable cold and rain on  budding peonies.  There is snow in  Manitoba and rain, rain, rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma that now face the threat of flash flooding. There are tornado outbreaks, too.  Drought-stricken areas may decide to skip the fireworks for Memorial Day this year.

Whatever the weather, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to  summer. The lease of perfect days begins.  Never mind that more times than not the weather is less than ideal to commemorate the start of the outdoor  living season.  It is time, so the grills are fired up.  Here, the true believers put on jackets and winter coats if need be.

Maybe, there are  some wintery things you never pack away. I can remember some Memorial Days that felt more  like November--cold, gray, rain.  Nevertheless, the swimsuits were worn, the water was  freezing, the sweatshirts were warm and welcome.

This year, warmer temperatures are expected to return over the Memorial Day weekend--highs in the 70's and 80's--summery heat and  possible thunderstorms.

Here is the forecast  from Tom Skilling for  Memorial Day--



Summer's lease is short here. You can count the days in short-season tomatoes that can grow from seed to fruit in 90 days.

Let us hasten then, to make the most of them...



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Filed under: poetry, seasons, weather

Tags: Memorial Day, summer


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  • One of my favorite sonnets.

    Thanks for your editorial
    On the day we call Memorial.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you, AW!

  • Thanks from me, too. Well done. I had thought summer had broken its lease and skipped town!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading!

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