Summer is Here
The night is never deep
we wake with shadows moist
heat and light define us
and we sigh with each breath.
All signs point to summer's presence
green growing and children screaming
we seek water and shade trees
drink deeply in the blossoms.
We thought we would go on forever
children without responsibility
undercover reading, private jokes
we thought we had more time.
Summer is here with a blaze
sheer pain and delight rolled in
the tang and sweet, rhubarb and strawberries
our endings are near in shadows.
Love has brought us here this far
and will build the raft as waters rise
there is much to fear and nothing to plan
let the warm rain run over our fears.