Nancy: July – midway through summer, a time filled with memories and the growing awareness that I lived in a world of time.
In the heaviness of July
the sun draws the mists up from the river, the meadows.
Grass comes to a head, hurries
to golden seed.
July mornings bury me –
layers and layers of indistinguishable fragrant mists,
mud, flowing water, my feet crushing green paths in the dew.
Gone, the Tawasentha waters, down to salt –
my father, gone to dust.
burning off, like July mists in the early sun
leaving the ripening, hurrying grass.
Alan: Ubiquitous, ordinary, under-appreciated, our doves add their drowsy coos and percussive flurries to the slow heavy music of hot summer days.
Mourning doves fly
back and forth
to and fro
hither and yon
common as clichés,
as half-noticed redundancies.
They call from the trees
with voices like a sweet potato
played by a refulgent child,
with a clatter
of throat or wings
that, if I were driving,
would make me stop,
look under the car
“Hurrying Grass” first appeared in Blackberries and Dust (Stone Man Press, 1984).