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Sunday reads~ Hints Of Life

There’s so much to look forward to in the summer! Whether it starts early on Memorial Day weekend, or you wait for the solstice in June, many of us look forward to the first day of summer all year. Long days, short nights, sunshine, warm weather, and school holidays. Is it any wonder that we associate the summer months with feeling happy and carefree?

The parks are blooming with vibrant, picturesque flowers. Summer is all about picnics in your favorite park. Ice creams and bike rides. The joy of discovering a new hike, long walks in nature, and inhaling the sweet fragrance of dozens and dozens of flowers.

HOL lists below 10 best summer quotes to inspire you to step out and enjoy the bright, warms days in the company of nature:

Kousa Dogwood and Great Laurel in full bloom at Central Park

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck

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

“We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” – Jenny Uglow

“I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.” – Don Green

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” – Wilma Rudolph

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” – Jenny Han

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky.” – Mungo Jerry

“Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside me.” – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Today, our guest writer pens a heartfelt poem to mark the onset of summer months. Her poem is a reflection of the present day life we all are living. No matter how tough the circumstances are there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. HOL presents ‘This June’ by Sugandh Swani.


A view of the Hudson River at Riverside Park, New York

This June 

By Sugandh Swani

This June is different.
It has come a little soon,
After what seems like an eternity,
While the summer flowers swoon.

This June is different.
It is not as harsh as ever,
While the world seems topsy turvy,
And we have been home forever.

This June is different.
Where the sky is a box of colours
The sun shines and the clouds visit,
While the rain and the rainbows act like lovers.

This June is different.
More privilege for some we see.
For we have learnt and unlearnt,
A thousand skills with glee.

This June is different. 
With eyes and hearts full up to the brim, 
With gratitude and prayers for all
More for the souls with sorrow and sin.

This June is different. 
We have cleaned, relaxed, baked and whipped, 
A recipe and a proper promise for tomorrow, 
To make more of every minute of this life we have sipped! 

Sugandh Swani is a Public Relations professional and a poet at heart. To know more about her poetic endeavors follow @sugandhswani on instagram and twitter.

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