Thursday, 1 August 2013

Day 377: August

August - already! I always think of it as a yellow month, dark ochre to be exact, like sunflowers, full of - as Longfellow puts it - 'golden harvests.'

August (from The Poet's Calendar) - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Emperor Octavian, called the August,
  I being his favourite, bestowed his name
Upon me, and I hold it still in trust,
  In memory of him and of his fame.
I am the Virgin, and my vestal flame
  Burns less intensely than the Lion's rage;
Sheaves are my only garlands, and I claim
  The golden Harvests as my heritage.

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