Sentient in San Francisco – 1 June 2019

Greeting June

Lauritz Andersen: “In the Month of June”


Art for June – Eugene Grasset: “June”


Musings in June: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”


Art for June – Gustave Baumann: “Spring Blossom”

Musings in June: Vita Sackville-West

“It always seemed to me that the herbaceous peony is the very epitome of June.  Larger than any rose, it has something of the cabbage rose’s voluminous quality; and when it finally drops from the vase, it sheds its petticoats with a bump on the table, all in an intact heap, much as a rose will suddenly fall, making us look up from our book or conversation, to notice for one moment the death of what had still appeared to be a living beauty.”

Below – Valeri Tsvetkov: “Peony”

Art for June – John Singer Sargent: “Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood”

A Poem for June

“In Fountain Court”
by Arthur Symons

The fountain murmuring of sleep,
A drowsy tune;
The flickering green of leaves that keep
The light of June;
Peace, through a slumbering afternoon,
The peace of June.

A waiting ghost, in the blue sky,
The white curved moon;
June, hushed and breathless, waits, and I
Wait too, with June;
Come, through the lingering afternoon,
Soon, love, come soon.

Below – Fountain Court, London.


Art for June – Hirokazu Fukuda: “Spring Evening”


Musings in June: Henry David Thoreau

“It is dry, hazy June weather.  We are more of the earth, farther from heaven these days.”

Art for June – Edward Hopper: “Glouster Harbor”

Musings in June: John Constable

“The world is wide; no two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from one another.”

Below – John Constable: “Dedham Vale Evening”

Art for June – Auguste Renoir: “By the Seashore”

Musings in June: Slim Acres

“Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don’t get around
Like the dandelions do.”

Below – Igor Barkhatkov: “Field of Dandelions”

Art for June – Chinese Folk Art Painting: “Spring Trip”


A Poem for June

“June”
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower’s scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year.

Below – Auguste Toulmouche: “ A Young Woman in a Rose Garden”


Art for June – John William Waterhouse: “Udine”

Musings in June: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In these divine pleasures permitted to me of walks in the June night under moon and stars, I can put my life as a fact before me and stand aloof from its honor and shame.”

Art for June – Linda Mahoney: “Schoodic Island on a June Day”

Musings in June: Maud Hart Lovelace

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”

Below – Rorie Nairn: “The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”

Art for June – Patti Jacquemain: “After the Rains”

Musings in June: Bern Williams

“If a June night could talk,
it would probably boast it invented romance.”


Art for June – Hashiguchi Goyo: “Woman Combing Her Hair”


Musings in June: Pablo Neruda

“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”


Art for June – Ma Yuan: “Walking on a Mountain Path in Spring”


A Poem for June

“Dusk in June”
by Sara Teasdale

Evening, and all the birds
In a chorus of shimmering sound
Are easing their hearts of joy
For miles around.

The air is blue and sweet,
The few first stars are white,–
Oh let me like the birds
Sing before night.

Art for June – Claude Monet: “Springtime”


Welcome, Wonderful June

John William Waterhouse: “A Song of Springtime”

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