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August in Three Stanzas

A Cento by Beverly Stock.

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God doth take each day-

Each sun-filled and radiant night

And drop it on the earth and say:

“Here is heaven’s beauty and delight.” (1)


The sun beams down; the weedy ground

Vibrates with many an insect sound

An old road, clouding pale the heat

Behind a slow hoof’s muffled beat. (2)


The solemn light behind the barns,

The rising moon, the cricket’s call,

The August night, you and I-

What is the meaning of it all? (3)




(1) August by Jean Blewett (stanza one, paraphrased)

(2) A Summer Day, a 36 line poem by Madison Julius Cawein (four lines used in stanza two)

(3) August Moonlight by Richard Le Gallienne ( first of five stanzas)



Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating poetry that asks big questions about small moments, and inspires readers to revisit the little memories we so often overlook. Her work has been published by The Society of Classical Poets, The Chained Muse, Persimmon Tree, and LightenUp-Online, in the UK. Visit BeverlyStockPoetry.com and BeverlyStockPoetry on Facebook.

August in Three Stanzas

© 2021 Beverly Stock

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