Wikipedia note:
The seasons result from the Earth’s axis being tilted to its orbital plane; it deviates by an angle of approximately 23.5 degrees. Thus, at any given time during summer or winter, one part of the planet is more directly exposed to the rays of the Sun. This exposure alternates as the Earth revolves in its orbit. At any given time, regardless of season, the northern and southern hemispheres experience opposite seasons. It is easy to observe the effect of the axis tilt from the change in day length, and altitude of the Sun at noon (the culmination of the Sun), during a year.


Birth Of Summer
(first write, draft)

Earth has tilted,
bent her orbital plane
out of its Arctic pool.
She starts the patient thaw;
kindled by the August wind
the ice begins to liquefy
into currents carrying
this last chill.
Within a week she’ll make milk curdle
with early morning heat,
while birdsong drowns
the sound of sleeping snakes.
When the midday sun
bakes crusts of dust under
wilting hedgerows and flows into
the stupor of a lazy afternoon,
she’ll summon her tropical monsoon
and grant a merciful respite.
©Cindy Taylor 2008


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20 Comments Add yours

  1. adeeyoyo says:

    You are so good at descriptions. I especially like: …midday sun bakes crusts of dust… Lovely!

  2. dewaldus says:

    It`s like I feel your words rather than reading them…….have a good weekend Cin…..I am seriously contemplating crossing over to w/p and calling it quits on the other side

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks dewaldus, and good luck with whatever you decide.

  3. SatyaKam says:

    A beautiful explanation of the season change… We too, in India, are desperately waiting for the monsoon to set in. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Whereabouts in India are you SatyaKam?

  4. nrhatch says:

    Beautiful, especially “while birdsong drowns the sound of sleeping snakes.”

    And I always say . . . let sleeping snakes sleep!

    I forgot that your seasons don’t mesh with ours. Aah, we see the world behind our eyes ~ ego-centric creatures that we be.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s one of the most enjoyable facets of this site, the chance to experience other countries and their seasons 🙂

  5. megzone says:

    Lovely change of seasons depicted here 🙂

    im here from Jingle’s Rally
    you can view my poem at

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good one megzone.

  6. Jingle says:

    beautiful capture of nature’s beauty..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for including me Jingle.

  7. PinkLady says:

    lovely, creative description of summer… a merciful respite is what we need in this part of the world. el nino has made our summer a nightmare!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks PinkLady, on my way to visit your blog.

  8. shakira says:

    I love your last six lines…your words are full of awe for mother Earth…amazing…
    I enjoyed that, Cindy, thanks.
    mine is here
    Have you a rocking week!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will have a look shakira, have a super weekend.

  9. Shaky says:

    It’s tough to tackle seasons and nature. You do it well. I like the image of the Arctic pool best.

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