american summer

 

In the extreme July sun

the old-fashioned roses are born,

and die,

on the same day.

Deer are called from the woods

by the soft thud of apples in

the long grass of the neglected pasture,

and

the smell of ripening tomatoes,

futilely fenced.

Mullein tilts her span upwards,

reaches

– almost –

the arc of sky,

then topples.

Everywhere, heat shimmers.

The neighbor’s flags,

4th-hung, once proud,

sag from the stiff reach of their poles,

drooping,

dispirited as the rest of us.

FW18.abrahamdarbyroses3

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “american summer

  1. ‘In the extreme July sun

    the old-fashioned roses are born,

    and die,

    on the same day.

    Deer are called from the woods

    by the soft thud of apples ‘

    Peaceful sigh… Beautiful.

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