Summer in the South by Paul Laurence Dunbar

William Metcalf--May Night 1906 at Corcoran Art Gallery Washington

William Metcalf–May Night 1906 at Corcoran Art Gallery Washington

SUMMER IN THE SOUTH

The oriole sings in the greening grove
As if he were half-way waiting,
The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green,
Timid, and hesitating.
The rain comes down in a torrent sweep
And the nights smell warm and pinety,
The garden thrives, but the tender shoots
Are yellow-green and tiny.
Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill,
Streams laugh that erst were quiet,
The sky smiles down with a dazzling blue
And the woods run mad with riot.