I took a day to relax in the backyard last week. Impressions of what I saw and how it processed through my mind burst into these poems. I’m planning on doing a second poetry book in the future, but I don’t have a working title yet. I added a link to Just Her Poetry below if you are inspired to read poetry this summer. I know I am.
SILENT HEAT OF SUMMER
The sun blares down on the landscape
The trees and plants welcome its energy
Growth has exploded…
Only slowed by the lack of moisture
Sprinklers offer a welcome drink to the thirsty strawberries
While the roses burst out in blooms
Tomatoes redden, kale offers their leaves,
Pumpkins bloom into bulbs that will be ready for fall
It’s the season of peaceful progression.
While people cool off in lakes, rivers, or air conditioning.
The forest is wrapped in a hue of hushed harmony…
As the animals shelter from the temperatures
Only the buzz of the bees can be heard
While the whimsical winds wander.
It is a serene moment to just be
As I embrace the silent heat of summer.
We put up a fence…
Trying to keep out our worries.
Safety behind a wall we are assured.
Yet, it’s only a few feet that life can climb
Where birds can scour the landscape
Where squirrels chirp their annoyance
Where bugs find a home
Bears can knock it down
Mountain lions can climb over it
And foxes go under leaving a way for the skunks.
The fence can hold a dog in…most of the time
The cats mock the dog from the other side.
It doesn’t repel burglars or fires
Floods will flow right through this barrier
Winds can tear it apart
While snow and rain gnaw on it
Tree roots push it out of their way
Weeds float carefully over.
Still, we keep building them
To protect our belongings and family
From the terrifying world beyond our property lines.
They give us the illusion of power…
In a world spinning out of our control.
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Embrace your inner child by reading a good book this summer! D.L. Finn