Summer

This time the topic was chosen by John and I thought ‘Summer? Spring hasn’t even really started yet’. Then I realized, Summer did start in parts of the world already, as it also did where John lives. The Summer season may remind you of blue skies, with the sun shining bright, bringing warmth into your life again. However, if you’re in pain (mentally, physically, emotionally, financially) the sun might not make you feel better.

This month we’ve got requests from two great artists to create for a collaboration. We love to have others joining us and are sure, you will appreciate the entries of both S Francis and Janki, as much as we do.

We hope this collaboration gives you food for thought and also helps you to remind: there are more people in the world who might go through the ‘Summer blues’. However, don’t forget either, as cliché as it may be:

“Every Cloud has a Silver Lining.”
John Milton

~ Patty W.

~ from MimosaPudica

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Lure


You told me you loved me
in the ocean that day.
In the heat of our summer
our love was to stay.

Fell into your open arms
like a sail on a windless day;
you caught me, mermaid fish
fooled by staged flashy play.

Your eyes spoke contorted desire
to keep a gentle sea treasure;
a trophy proudly conquered
for your own distorted pleasure.

On your enchanting lure
sewn with words, colored;
hung with saccharin promises,
false display you glittered.

Dangling from invisible line
— you yanked,
snagged…I sputter.
— you cranked,

Hooked…I reel — in your truth.
Blinded by sun in my eyes,
its warmth mocked the cold
inside your heart’s ice.

You told me you loved me
in the ocean that day,
the end of our summer,
the start of my decay.

~ Emily C.

~ from PoetGirlEm 

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Three Haiku’s

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Friendship is summer,

Where chats are its cute beaches,

And trust it’s sunscreen.

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Let me be summer,

And summer be what I am,

‘coz summer is best.

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Grandpa and Grandma

In summer vacation teach,

Just what life taught them.

~ Janki R.

~ from LettersToLife 

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Strange Weather Patterns

Scientists give them names
Ominous Names
Foreign Names
that mean little
to plain speaking folk:
it’s still hot in the summer
and cold in the winter
even in New Orleans.

Who do we blame? A stranger initiates
an unexpected debate in the bagel shop.
He crosses space dug by digital divides
to challenge the certainty of our solution.
Time won’t cool the tempers just
increase the gap into indifference.
Perhaps we blame ourselves?

We fail to recognize humanity
across the distances that divide
within the differences that hide
the common rhythm of our pulse.
If two remained would we still seethe
or would we reveal a love hidden by
failed assumptions in this experiment?

I just turn down the noise
until I can hear the cricket rub
his legs together in my mud room.
I wonder if the Earth has
decided it is time for a change
never really considering
either side of the argument.

~ S. Francis

~ from SailorPoet 

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~ Sarah from ArtExpedition

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Expressions Crossing Continents

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