Summer 2006 Poetry Competition Second Prize

With You

by Carol Wolrich



With you, and the peach-ball

of the late sun to guide us

home, slowly, across a baked and

mellow field; drowsy now, after a

busy day with the skylarks' song,

a thousand excited butterflies,

a buzz of nectaring bees.


Like '76, when heat seared the sky

and cindered the tarmac and trees.

Both sixteen in the park, coinciding

with a shooting star that nobody

else looked up to see. Decades

later, and still loving to linger

in the long days of summer, with you.

 ©2006 Carol Wolrich

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