Spotlight Poetry – July – A Poem by Helen Hunt Jackson

The image depicts a painting titled Water Lilies by the artist Julie Logunova. The work is a vibrant realistic painting of depicts three water lilies. They are white. The flowers shine in the sun. White petals and blue shadows The snow-white flowers are reflected on the surface of the water of the pond. The water is dark blue, indigo, grey-blue.. The image supports the poem July written by the poet Helen Hunt Jackson.
© Julie Logunova, Water Lilies, 2021

July by Helen Hunt Jackson

Some flowers are withered and some joys have died;
The garden reeks with an East Indian scent

From beds where gillyflowers stand weak and spent;
The white heat pales the skies from side to side;
But in still lakes and rivers, cool, content,
Like starry blooms on a new firmament,

White lilies float and regally abide.
In vain the cruel skies their hot rays shed;
The lily does not feel their brazen glare.
In vain the pallid clouds refuse to share

Their dews, the lily feels no thirst, no dread.
Unharmed she lifts her queenly face and head;
She drinks of living waters and keeps fair.

Poem Attribution © Helen Hunt Jackson, July, A Calendar of Sonnets

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Painting Attribution © Julie Logunova, Water Lilies, 2021

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