Summertime Clementine nectar drips down the chin. Summertime angels swim through the air again. The crack of a bat under the lights. Kaleidoscope fire explodes in the night. Root beer floats, cotton candy dreams. Capture the flag on neighborhood teams. July heat brings sprinklers and hoses to cool; lounging on rafts, diving in pools. Wading in creek beds catching crawdads. Camping trips beneath the stars, just you and Dad. Carnival laughter, Ferris wheel turns. Days on the lake, nights nursing sunburns. Tan bodies gleaming in the moonlight, entangled in adolescences' sacrificial rite. All good things must come to a close. First, comes summer jobs; then, parental woes. Justin Farley
Deer Child – A Nature and Life Poem
Doe and fawn
drink from the creek at dawn,
filling their bellies
to last out the noonday heat.
Doe protective and cautious;
fawn careless and unconscious –
unaware of the eyes
watching her from the bank.
Age brings wisdom and experience,
for the youthful heart is oblivious
to the dangers disguised as blissful indulgence
lurking in the field of freedom.
-Poem Written by Justin Farley