Mid`Day

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Gregory Deane       lanninggallery.com

Mid`day
the blistering sun
singes the young plants
the second`planting in July
the serrated leaves of cucumbers
going yellow right under my eyes
the yellow dog has withered
in the shade of the shed
beyond temptation
of any ball

Some days
are simply too hot
to even think about play
better to let the mind wander
let go the rudder of the old boat
just let the current take the keel
since there are forces at work
beneath our many words
gravities draw us
into dreams

“Later, sun like a medallion
Over the west edge of things,
                               the distance between the woods and water
immeasurable, tree shadow on water shadow.

I am here and not here,
                                above and under it all.
These thoughts begin where words end . . .”
 ~ Charles Wright

 

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Mid`Day

  1. fit for mad dogs and Englishmen – and old west gunfighters

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So many great images in this poem, Peter. I don’t mean to dissect your lovely poem but these are some of my favorites:
    beyond temptation of any ball
    let the current take the keel
    and my favorite –
    gravities draw us into dreams

    You are an inspiration.

    Liked by 1 person

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