Late August

“… in my salad days, / When I was green in judgment, cold in blood/To say as I said then!” – Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

In the sweet-sour lemonade days of August,
while others lingered on the lawn at dusk,
clinging to the last childhood games, I stayed only
to sniff the air for signs of fall, my heart
beating faster at a whiff of burning leaves,
my blood fizzing on the first chilly day,
longing for another cycle of books,
chalkboards, and pencils to begin again
the way my mother did in her summers too.
Now, watching the fireflies on the lawn,
I imagine children running with jars
to catch the fading time …

“Isn’t it pretty to think so.” –The Sun Also Rises (1926) by Ernest Hemingway
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This August forecast and trip to “the good old days” is sponsored by dVerse and GoDogGo.

16 comments

  1. This is very beautiful, and I find the ending so freeing yet as well poignant to catch the remaining moments before they pass. To catch time before it eludes us and becomes lost.

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  2. I loved my summers as a kid but I also got that excitement going when it was time to get into school mode. I like to think of the fireflies as bits of time that can be captured in a jar. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” Great use of the prompt line for inspiration, Denise 🙂

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  3. ” I stayed only to sniff the air for signs of fall, my heart beating faster at a whiff of burning leaves,”… this is such a powerful, powerful poem. I love where the quote took you 💝

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  4. Beautiful imagery and sensory impressions throughout your poem! I especially love: In the sweet-sour lemonade days of August / I stayed only to sniff the air for signs of fall / my blood fizzing on the first chilly day.
    Wonderful ❤

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