Voices on the Wind
Voices from Teen Years
Time of Summer
by Andrea Williams Reed
Reserved after spring showers,
And yellow blanket of pollen.
Organized before fall breezes and harvest.
Planned for recreation,
Squeezed in with a little rest,
Slated in with reflections
For the season of life,
Arranged among the summer apparatus
Of beach towel, chair and lotion,
Young children pulled
Away from familiar friends,
Situated with eccentric family members
While parents continued their routine
Unfazed by the call of summer
Collapsed after the occasional road trip,
Only to gear up for next family gathering,
With food, and fireworks.
Tending of the yard, gutters,
And garden need to be penciled in
Shade of the porch, along with book,
Have priority now.
Nature’s seasonal show
Opens with calming fiddles
Sounds played by crickets
Frogs are up next with their
Choruses and harmonies
Followed by the glow sticks of fire flies
The tambourine shaking of leaves,
Provide the rhythm giving over to
The headliners of the seasons nightly
Claps of thunder as the
Sky comes alive with lighting,
Wind whistles, rain falls at angles
Stinging as it comes in contact with skin.
Washing the car under the shade trees
Smell of car wax mingled
With fresh scent of grass clippings
From neighbor’s yard.
Water hose misdirected at family members
Wet cool water feels like warm shower against skin.
When sprayed a skirmish set off
For control of water hose.
Four-legged family member
Overturns bucket of suds.
Suds float away effortlessly,
Along with all the moment’s concerns,