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Mid-Summer's Heat

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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~ ~ ~
Early dawning uncurling
tender leaf, and opening sweet bud bursting
through the barren bark in rising heat of midsummer’s new life
springing. Canadian geese honk, circling overhead in croaking conversation,
to and from the warm lake where they’re still feeding
and nurturing their half-grown young.

We know that no one wants
to cook toward the end of this scorching
steaming dried-grass day; so in a curtain-laced golden
kitchen the crock pot begins, with fresh cool water, plump beans,
red meat, pepper medley, fragrant chives, and cumin -
a different brand of heat.  This
day has three.

Late in the day,
scents of spices linger and wander,
as afternoon rides a long teeter-totter across
dappled sunlit meadows; and through the humming
cicadas our soft fleshed moans and fires melt and meld us, as one

brilliant ripened crimson canna plunges from the rich moist
earth to meet the sun; pungent aromas rising
in passion’s breezes...
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
I open my eyes...
and across the bed, you peek through your
long lashes; “isn’t this heat awful?” you murmur, and I nod,
becoming aware that it was just another
broiling summer’s luscious
dream.

You sleepily reach out
a slender, long dear finger, and we
hold fingers for the seconds until they sweat -
when we let go, smiling soft smiles
into each others’ souls.
Another
day
.
.
.
there will be.
~ ~ ~

© Copyright 2000 Rosemary J. Gwaltney - All Rights Reserved
serenity blaze
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1 posted 06-04-2000 12:52 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

My gosh---this is lovely...Rosemary, loved the mood of this---left me a bit envious...love as sure as cycles of nature...someone is lucky indeed--grins....
Kit McCallum
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2 posted 06-04-2000 08:19 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I think I used all my senses in reading this lovely verse Rosemary!  I could see the landscape, hear the cicadas, smell the spices (taste the crock pot contents), and feel the touch of the hand.  What a wonderful poem!

Best wishes,
/Kit
Mike
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3 posted 06-04-2000 09:00 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Enjoyed muchly.  Nicely written and expressed.
LngJhnAg
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4 posted 06-04-2000 09:00 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

ya little devil!  This is a great poem - it made use of some wonderful similes and metaphors - you must have worked on this poem a long time for it to come out so clean and great.
Martie
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Rosemary--so lucious...and lovely is your finger-holding and your mid summer dreams!!
MagnoliaBlue
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6 posted 06-04-2000 04:25 PM       View Profile for MagnoliaBlue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MagnoliaBlue

Oh Rosemary

I could picture it and it awoke all of the

senses.

Great read. Thanks for sharing.

MagnoliaBlue
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