Poetry of the Year - July

Dressed in golden rays of light,
with Father Sun stamped,
firmly into the cloudless sky,
we enter the dust-covered,
burning cathedral of summer.
With windows wide open,
the shade becomes as much
of a joy as the scorching sun.

As July dances her flamenco,
painted ladies and red admirals
feast on wild strawberries,
whilst delicate flowers wilt
under such furious heat.
Only now do we appreciate
the blessed summer rain,
as the earth quenches her thirst.

By midday the air is smoky hot
as the Goddess Kali ascends
in her bright, fiery colours,
teaching us how to dance
the celestial dance of creation.
When she stamps her feet
our transformation begins,
as we learn how to die into life.

Come let us lift our glasses,
filled with sweet summer wine,
and toast the beauty of July
beneath the cool green shade
of the Great Mother’s cloak.
As clothes and fleeces drop,
let us enter the Garden of Eden
naked and not ashamed.


Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2019

18 thoughts on “July

  1. You’re coming to the Smoky Mountains this summer? That’s where I am now! You must visit me. I’m in Highlands. If you think you might have time to drop by, sent me an email and we’ll make arrangements. I’d love to meet you and whomever you might be traveling with in person!!!

    I, too, have a thing for Kali, but although I knew she danced life into the world, it didn’t occur to the that that means that she is the preserver of Mother Nature!! Well, duh! Of course it does!! 🙂

    This morning after my shower I was pruning my Nearly Wild roses (love that name) so they’ll bloom once more in August. At first I was in the shade and it was cool and comfortable, but then the “burning cathedral of summer” came over the mountain, the roses brightened and reddened, and Kali began her dance! It’s a rare day when it gets so hot here that I take two showers to cool off! This was one of them. But hot here is nothing like hot in Florida or last week’s weather in Europe. And you can be prepared for cool evenings when you’re in the Smokys, or anywhere around here if you’re sheltered under the cool green shade of the Great Mother’s cloak.

    Can you tell I love your poem? Love and hugs, Jeanie

    1. Dear Jeanie, thank you so much for your lovely reply and most generous invite and if I was in your Smoky Mountains region we would positively come over and visit, for sure! No, what I describe as my “Smoky Mountains” here is the beautiful Lake District in the northern lands of England, UK, where nestled into an old poet’s cottage (Shelley’s) we are surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the northern fells … it’s a truly magical place! I’ll try and upload some new pics soon!

      Oh, I absolutely love all the rich comments I receive, especially yours (I hope my readers do too!) as they enrich my journey immeasurably and now thinking of the Goddess Kali as the “Preserver of Mother Nature” has been a wonderful addition to my lens. Oh, how magical it must’ve been to watch your roses dance with Kali! What a feast for mind, body, spirit and soul … let alone eyes and heart! Enjoy your “Smoky” summer and I look forward to reconnecting in August. Love and light, Deborah.

  2. Ahhh Deborah – those opening lines were enough to take me deep into scorching images of Summer which you have painted so beautifully with words! Did you know that Kali represents the preservation of Mother Nature? These are the days when out walking in nature that I retreat and sit in the shade of the magnificent oaks, as all around me is a haze of heat, dust and mirage…now I know that image is actually Kali kicking up a stormy haze of dust dancing as she watches over it all!!  Many summer blessings.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your kind-hearted and poetic reply! I feel that I’ve got so much still to discover about the Goddess Kali … I’m going to look into getting some good books on Her. No, I didn’t know that she represents the preservation of Mother Nature … hmm, lots more reading coming on I feel!

      Yes, the shade of a huge oak is just perfect for these hot, scorching July days! What an image you’ve created here in your own words … of the fiery Goddess Kali kicking up a storm of heat, dust and haze! Wow, what an inspiration this Goddess is to me! Love and light, Deborah.

      1. Yes, the book Elaine mentioned sounds very interesting – I shall be adding that one to my wish list!!

        1. Oh, I’ve just added it to mine too!

          One of the things I love most about blogging and being read by a group of like-minded souls is the beautiful willingness and deep sharing of hearts and souls.

  3. Oh Deborah! Thank you for a delicious ode to the hot days filled with Sun and shade, midday heat and open windows at night. We have fireflies lighting the night grasses like earth stars, but I don’t know if you have them here.

    Here’s to gratitude for July in the land where summer dragged her heels and arrived so late. But she’s here now and the gardens are thriving. Hot colors replace fragile spring blues and purples. I hide under my sun hat as I prune and weed and harvest early crops. Monarchs are arriving from the south to lay eggs.

    I love your reference to Kali’s stomping feet and fiery dance. We’re studying Her in our mythology group using a book you might enjoy called ‘In Praise of Adya Kali: Approaching the Primordial Dark Goddess through the Song of Her Hundred Names.’ The author Aditi Devi, a scholar and devotee, uses a text I love because Kali is so much more than the one-dimensional scary death goddess of patriarchal Indian philosophy. In her earlier forms, she’s full of life and color, fire and sensuality, birth and death. She’s hot! And so are you.

    1. Excellent! I was so hoping to catch you before I set off for my Smoky Mountains trip this summer Elaine! Oh, “fireflies lighting the earth like stars” … there’s some serious poetical swooning going on here! Yes, I’ve been lucky to catch sight of fireflies or those “bright fairies” as I call them but only a handful of times, usually in woodlands early evenings, at dusk, when the magick truly begins!

      What a wonderful image you’ve painted in words of yourself in your sunhat as you prune, weed and harvest with the Great Mother! Although I’m not on FB myself, I did take a peek at your recent uploaded photos of the return of the beautiful Monarch butterflies and was so excited for you! Yes, this year your spring must’ve felt such a short one after your long, drawn-out, freezing cold winter.

      I love your Kali references and the book you mention. I’m going to check it out as soon as I post this comment! Sadly, there’s no mythology classes near me as I would love to study the Goddesses with others in-depth … not an online course but a physical one.

      Talking about “Hot Stuff!” as I was finishing my “July” poem yesterday I was watching another little firecracker dance and sing in shoes of fire, the wonderful Kylie Minogue, who was performing at Glastonbury, a music festival just held in the UK. Anyway, much like you, she was Divine inspiration! Have a great month and I’ll look forward to catching up with you in August! Love and light, Deborah.

    1. That’s very kind of you Aladin! It’s always a joy to know you’ve visited and many thanks for sharing my monthly “Poetry of the Year” collection on FaceBook too! Love and light, Deborah.

  4. Deborah, you’ve captured the spirit of July so well with your ‘hot’ metaphors, especially your last line, ‘naked and not ashamed’. That one really hit home as being tall and lanky, I often feel awkward in the summer months when everyone’s busy stripping off and I’m busy keeping it all on! How great it must be to be happy with your body – ‘naked and not ashamed’. I couldn’t off said it better dear poet! You’ve got me thinking now.. Love to you both, HF.

    1. Thank you so much Henry for sharing your thoughts and reflections on my July poem, especially the last line which obviously has struck a nerve! Even though my bikini days are long gone here at mid-life, I’m a huge fan of the late Louise Hay and her positive daily affirmation that we “love and accept ourselves exactly as we are” and highly recommend her books. Thank goodness that we come in different shapes, sizes, colours and a range of genders!

      Oh, the heat and passionate colours of July is what many of us wait for all year … as I type here in my garden, I’m sat beside a 13 foot tall and still growing Echium (think of a kebab for butterflies & bees!) which is such a joy to behold and it has got the neighbours gasping in delight too as it continues to push up high, into the blue! Hmm, if I’ve got you thinking then I’m a happy poet, it’s the most I could ever wish for from my readers. Love and light, Deborah.

  5. Just gorgeous and vibrant Deborah, bursting with paradox! Ah, the month long wait is worth it. Enjoy this month of July and all Mother Nature offers. Each glass of wine to be raised to Kali in her swirling dervishes –

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your truly wonderful reply! Yes, let us all raise our glasses to the Goddess Kali’s swirling dances and fiery passions! What an inspiration summer is to all here in the northern hemisphere, while in South Africa, in the beautiful southern hemisphere you’ve entered mid-winter, and while the light slowly fades here in the UK, minute by minute, day by day, it’s returning to you there! Oh, I love how the opposites are always and forever balancing themselves out. Love and light, Deborah.

  6. This beautiful poem conjures up the image of the goddess Kali, dancing the flamenco in shoes of fire, inside the burning cathedral of summer. Smokin’ hot verses Deborah filled with passion and fire. All the best, Anna.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your kind-hearted comment! You’ve summarised my poem beautifully … yes, the Goddess Kali dancing the Flamenco in Her shoes of fire! Oh, I love it! Hope you’re having a beautiful morning, it’s gorgeous here on the coast! Love and light, Deborah.

        1. Ah, Stevie Wonder! Now that one takes me back … YouTube here I come! A perfect tune for the 1st of July, especially after the extremely hot week Europe’s just had.

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