Winter: Made in Summer

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Tomatoes,

still bubbling hot in their jars, cool on the a checkered dishtowel.

The red is a sight to excite the eyes in the hot dragging days of late summer.

I love canning.

It gives a sense of accomplishment––lifting the jars from the boiling water and setting them to cool. I know they will make good meals in the winter ahead.

They will be labeled and sit in the pantry shelves waiting for a soup recipe or a spaghetti sauce I want to make.

They will still taste of summer and garden and long sunny happy days even in February when I am weary of winter.

So today, I peel tomatoes and load them into jars with a slurp and a few drips (and a half teaspoon of salt). Come winter, they will be waiting––and so good!

Summer Day

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Sun shines bright and early.

The whole earth seems overheated and highlighted.

Shade on the porch feels good and better with a fan.

Roses and hydrangeas bloom.

Children slurp popsicles and dream of afternoon when they can swim.

Farmers go inside and doze as they cool off to eat their lunches.

Icy water and lemonade glasses sweat and puddle up like dew rising on cold morning grass.

Hummers buzz to and from the feeders.

Mothers water their porch flowers and go inside to read and put their babies down for naps.

Dogs sleep in the shade or dig in the cool of flowerbeds to rest.

Cicadas drone and treefrogs chorus. Fireflies come out to play just as the moon rises.

Summer–– long, hot, drowzy, and wonderful.

The Skies Drip with Dew

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The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding

He established the heavens.

 

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By His knowledge the deeps are broken up and the skies drip with dew.

Proverbs 3: 19-20

 

Write the Sky

Oh, that I could write the sky,

That I could paint a flower.

It would be a glorious gift,

Were that within my power.

Wish I could give the birds voice,

That I could clothe a tree

Thank you Lord for ears and eyes

That I can hear and see!

You made the sky by wisdom,

Made the earth by brains

You warm the earth with sunlight,

And water it with rains.

Paintbrushes

Indian Paintbrushes Blooming

Of A Summer Morning

 By Elece Hollis

Out in the fields where meadowlark goes,

Bright paintbrushes stand on the tips of their toes.

Butterflies––yellow ones, white, orange, and black

Weave melodies over the grasses and back.

 

Out in the woods where the tanager sings

Luna moth travels on gossamer wings.

Timid mouse peeps from his leafy retreat

Looking for wild winterberries to eat.

 

Down by the swift river’s warm sandy shore,

Sandpipers skitter about to explore.

Waterbugs dart across sparkling blue

Where sunlight reflects the skys silvery hue.

 

Deep in the forest’s cool shadowy rooms,

Mosses cling staunchly to fallen tree tombs.

Gray squirrels hold conference on nutting technique

With Jack-in-his-pulpit preparing to speak.

 

Out in the pasture where cows gentle graze,

White egrets stalk silently through summer days.

Grasshoppers balance––on hot grasses sway

To the melodies blackbirds and barbed wire play.

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by elece hollis

the unflolding, the beginning,

 the opening, the start, the budding,

the unfurling, the uncurling,

the blooming, the unveiling,

the commencement, embarking,

the birthing, the dawning,

the onset, the outset, the springing,

the up-and-coming!

 

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Frosty Letters

Frost edges every blade of grass;
Freezes it into a fairyland of white,
But the oak is only beginning to drop her sculpted leaves
Drop them like handwritten letters from spring
When they first popped from buds and began growing,
When they loaded the tree with leathery green
From summer when they shaded the children playing,
When a circle of day lilies circled the tree,
From autumn when they flew like flags
When we first noticed them begin to turn brown
When they rattled and fluttered and shook in the wind.
Frost trims each letter in fragile lace
Each letter has a message to deliver to winter
A letter of seasons and hope, change, and promise.