August light

August light
Summer Tomatoes

Under the August moon, the katydids and cicadas are trilling  in the trees.  The days grow shorter, and the light slants through the green leaves. Summer is not over yet, but the freshness  of June has ripened, mellowed into a richness of time.  If ever a moment  felt ripe like a fruit, it is  now. Farmers’ markets are filled with abundance. Home gardeners are harvesting tomatoes and zucchinis.

The days, counted in day lilies, are fading. But moonflowers and sunflowers are at their height. Pods are ripening on the milkweeds. The first cool breeze in the evening  feels like  a prelude to fall.  Can you feel it?

In the aisles at Walgreens, the seasons are changing. The summer aisle stands beside the aisles filled with new school supplies.  There are pens and folders and notebooks. There are all kinds of accessories  for electronic devices. Ice cream is on sale.

The fashion magazines and catalogs have been  forecasting fall for months already. Pre-season sales have begun.  Are you thinking of sweaters and new boots?  Is winter on your mind?

Before  we wave goodbye to summer and begin the back-to-school routine, let’s stop and savor this time. That’s what I’m telling myself, today, as I stand between the  notebooks and the ice cream.


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  • I'm having problems comprehending that some schools are already in session.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, already! And football...

  • I can feel it, and I am savoring it now with fresh eyes (and other senses) thanks to your lovely post. Well done!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you for reading. Here's to notebooks and ice cream!

  • I read your post sitting at the pool. This is a great transitional moment. Well, except for the bees!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks for reading, Kathy. But we need the bees!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Cherish the bees. Plant some milkweed. Good post, WG.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks so much, AW.

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