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Monday, September 18, 2006

Rumor of a summer night

bikes stand by the woodpile
fireplace embers fill the room with yellow light
books, card games, monopoly and scrabble, all put away
cicadas slow their pace
fireflies dart and splutter
bats brush the treetops and sky, silky;
parsley and roses, marigolds and lavender
the heavy scent of heliotrope and wet grass
delicious fatigue;
memory savors the lost hours of sunlight
dusk settle into darkness,
a childhood longing surfaces,
to know how to weigh the night,
and subsides into shadow
and slumber

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