Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday, 20 June 2008 - Summer, officially

Dear God:

Today, I am thankful for summer, officially.

Summer Wind
exhales across the valley,
Her suffocating heat
as annoying as
North Wind's
bitter chill in winter.

Unloved and
Summer Wind

stirs up dust
licks sidewalks dry,
sucks moisture from

every living thing.

This morning, spring ended its 2008 story and summer began its annual odyssey.

Although today is the summer solstice, my gardens look as though the hot, dry season has been in full swing for at least a month.

Several summer blooming plants, confused by the lack of spring snows and rains, began flowering in late May. So far, June reminds me of July, complete with afternoon thunderstorms and showers.

In Colorado Springs, we no longer enjoy four distinct seasons. Rather, we have two: bitter cold with occasional snow followed by hot and dry with occasional rain.

The traditional transitional seasons, fall and spring, make rare appearances in October/November or March/April, respectively. On those beautiful days marked by sunshine, azure skies and hope for better things to come, I feel like singing.

For this blessing, I am grateful.


Photo: Sulphur flower

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