Indian Summer

Posted: November 7, 2015 in Poetry
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Sitting on the deck with the latest Elizabeth George
and a salted caramel macchiato 
in a red cup with Christmas decorations
	(free medium drink coupon)
	(next time get the mocha)
bare toes luxuriate in unseasonable warmth
eyes squint against the sun of a glorious day.

I recklessly and willfully
Squander time outside today
	riches that may not come again for months
	(foggy morning hours in the park
	stolen afternoon hours in the sun.)
Housework will be there tomorrow
	(and when I go inside.)

With the “fall back" time
	darkness arrives too quickly,
	breathing closely behind my back
	at 2:30, only two hours away.

I close my eyes against the sun
	trying to interpret the black shapes that move
	against the orange behind my eyelids.

  1. Janet, this is beautiful!!!

  2. Janet, what a treat to start my weekend! Beautifully written! Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

  3. It has been beautiful weather this month. I hope we don’t pay for it later on. LOL

    • Have to enjoy each day as it comes, right? This morning it’s barely above freezing, but the sun is shining and it will get into the low 50’s, more seasonable weather. If it were just light more in winter, it would be even more lovely. I like winter, but cold and dark isn’t my favorite combination.


  4. julieallyn says:

    Love this! I crawled right up into the words and they were ME. Nicely, nicely done!!

  5. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I love this verse today. It is a great slice of life and just a bite of your day.

  6. thirdeyemom says:

    Gorgeous Janet! The poem definitely speaks to me! Daylight savings truly effects me. I detest it getting dark so early. It is the hardest part of the year for me.

    • I know what you mean, Nicole. I believe we’re actually off daylight savings time now, but either way, the sum total hours of light are just less from now until almost the end of December, which is too long for me, too. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the poem.


  7. prior2001 says:

    Janet – I love the thoughts in the parentheses – gave it such flow – laughing at the get the mocha next time – ☕️

    • Thanks! I use the parentheses on purpose (and for the purpose) so I really appreciate your comment. And I will be getting mocha the next time or a possibly a seasonal peppermint mocha. Love that chocolate.


      • prior2001 says:

        Mmmm – all this Java mention (-and thinking of that medium sized red cup has me in the mood for a coffee. And I actually sampled my first mint mocha (iced) last week – we were at a place where they divide the mistakes and give them to customers – it was fun. And delicious

      • I work part time at a tea shop in Wheaton, Illinois and if we make one of our shakes (tea mix, milk, and ice), we routinely take whatever’s left and give out samples to customers. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like an occasional mocha or coffee concoction. 🙂

      • prior2001 says:

        Well Janet I actually remember a few blog posts of yours from the time u were starting your job (if I am remembering correctly) but I did know you were in Wheaton – isn’t there a famous Christian college in your town?

      • Wheaton College, affiliated with Moody Bible Institute, I believer, is in Wheaton. Although I work there, we live in Naperville, a nearby city.

      • prior2001 says:

        Yeah – that’s it- when I lived in Denver there were a few folks that loved loved loved that college – but I do not hear much of it anymore –

      • It’s still going strong.