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Green was the silence, wet was the light

the month of June trembled like a butterfly.

from 100 Love Sonnets by PABLO NERUDA

Photo: Nimeariel, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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LOVELIEST OF TREES
by A.E. Housman (1859-1936)

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

Illustration: “Cherry Blossoms,” watercolor by Hailey E. Herrera Art Journey, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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VERNAL SENTIMENT

by Theodore Roethke

Though the crocuses poke up their heads in the usual places,
The frog scum appear on the pond with the same froth of green,
And boys moon at girls with last year’s fatuous faces,
I never am bored, however familiar the scene.

When from under the barn the cat brings a similar litter,—
Two yellow and black, and one that looks in between,—
Though it all happened before, I cannot grow bitter:
I rejoice in the spring, as though no spring ever had been.

Photo: “Crocuses in Snow” by Websterpics, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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     Dragonfly on a rock —

absorbed in

     a daydream

                           by SANTOKA TANEDA

Photo: “Dragonfly on the Rocks” by Kesha Linehan, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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AUTUMN 

Zen Poem by Taigu Ryōkan (1758-1831)

My beloved friend

You and I had a sweet talk,

Long ago, one autumn night.

Renewing itself

The year has rumbled along,

That night still in memory.

Illustration: “Early Autumn” by Qian Xuan (1235-1305)

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“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” ANDY WARHOL

PHOTO: “Ross Barnett Reservoir, Mississippi” by Troy Dalmasso. Congratulations to photographer Troy Dalmasso for the above photo’s selection as a Los Angeles Times Editor’s ChoiceSummer 2012.

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 “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” 

FRANZ KAFKA

PHOTO: “Bacoli, Italy (Naples Province)” by Adam Allegro. Congratulations to photographer Adam Allegro for the above photo’s selection as a Los Angeles Times Editor’s Choice, Summer 2012.

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LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW (Excerpt)

Poem by Denis Johnson

…Looking out our astounding

clear windows before evening.

It is almost as if 

the world were blue

with some lubricant,

it shines so.

Photo: John Divola, permanent collection J. Paul Getty Museum

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Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

COCO CHANEL

Photo: Hans Silvester from his book Natural Beauty.