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
Night Lights A Poem For Nature Lovers Lightning flashes across the prairie in rolling thunders of spontaneity on a crisp, clear summer night. Lights move in flight, flying from grass to grass as distracted hearts pass unaware of the beautiful sight. Justin Farley
Inkblood – A Poem about the Writing Process
Beneath a pale, July moon
An ancient manuscript sits
Illuminated by candlelight,
Its pages gently rustling in the breeze
Blowing behind the curtains of the nearby window.
The ink is faded beneath
Layers of time and age,
But the wisdom remains
Scribbled in rhymes,
Written eons ago by some old sage.
But tonight it’s voice has a reader –
A man of sandy, blond hair
Ponders over your verses
And reflects on the meaning of your lines.
And like magic, the grime vanishes,
the words sparkle, and come to life.
Your cold, decomposed, long lifeless corpse
May only be fertilizer to the tongues of roots,
But your blood still flows and pulses
Through the pages you stained black with blood from your pen.
The body may have an expiration date,
But thoughts, words, and ideas have no end.
We live on through the pages we inhabit –
Awake to the reader’s touch,
Soar the skies once more, high
On some incomprehensible magic like pixie dust.
I deposit my heart of pains, joys, loves, and flames
Into the safe guard of your keeping.
My receipt is a word count
That compounds with the interest of each reader’s heart.
-Poem Written by Justin Farley
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