Summer Sage

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


They are so proud and tall now Lately bowed by afternoon showers Air-dried cottony lilac blooms Hues of little girls' shadows Here in soft-spoken twilight's space

Whisper dry is my ambitious mind Wicked as it is by heated thoughts

Winter will press the russian sage Into a deep grey sleep Tragic skeleton fingers reaching for spring For now, soft perfumed summer fancies

Alone now that the bees are absent At the signal fire of sunset They flew into earned sleep The day spent harvesting the sage Busy now only in a collective humming dream

Elbows on knees benched Gloom staring out into the gloom Heart breaking for newly endangered bees Hoping the absence disappears with dawn My own dreams are also at risk Hope so resistant to enlightenment

The night hums due to the humidity With dusk the hovering lightning bugs Began their replacement shift Lights to fill the beeless vacuum As if insisting I watch this space

A husky sigh as I lean back There is no sky tonight Rain-soiled clouds make up heaven's dirty carpet My brittle thoughts envy nature Hope perfectly balanced by dawns and shadows

The sage rests in its quiet industry Fireflies keep the watch Flashing lights, testing the day's locks Safe in the dark morning's accumulating dew A day and night's moisture turns shadows into honey

Mocking it seems my folly thoughts And my inaction caused by sodden ideas To take what I am currently, dim And convert it into lightness An unsafe world endangered by itself Who am I to sweeten this wintering life?


Submitted: September 27, 2018

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