Florida: Essays and Poems


Nooning in Florida

by Will Wallace Harney
Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1874
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: The Atlantic Monthly (1874)
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 3.5
  • Word Count: 243
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: florida, nature, passing of time
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The morning sun that opened up
   Its disk of grand auroral flower,
As well as the tiny buttercup
   And tamarind clocks that mark the hour,
Now sleeps through all the midday calm
   In furrowed field and grassy meadow,
Or glimmers on the pine and palm
   That stand foot deep in pools of shadow.

The lizard turns from green to mauve,
   Expands his pouch, and bobs, and settles;
The water-lily’s fingered glove
   Half closes on its disk of petals;
The yellow goats-beard goes to sleep;
   The aster nods; the salvia dozes;
The fuchsias wink, and try to keep
   Awake, among the sleepy roses,

Till musing memory shifts the scene;
   A drowsy shadow passes over:
I see the fields of Northern green,
   And smell the musk of Northern clover.
Out of the orchards, drawing near,
   I hear the tired axles creaking,
And I know the wheat is in the ear—
   I hear the whetted scythe a-speaking.

So, summer dozes North and South
   From frosty lake to southern champaign,
And greedy bees, about her mouth,
   Suck honey all the harvest campaign:
While I lie here, in drowsy ease,
   The languid airs about me swooning,
Lulled by the songs of hives of bees,
   In beds of phlox and heart’s-ease, nooning.