Reflections on an Image #1

“A Summer’s Idyll”

A lonely chair awaits

By a fountain splashing

For a reader to arrive

With some children laughing.

That scarlet Acer 

Frames this place

Where life assumes

A slower pace.

He sits reading in the sun 

Basking like a lizard,

While the children swirl about

Like snowflakes in a blizzard.

The thrum of distant mowers 

Punctuate the day

And saturates the air

With scents of fresh cut hay.

It’s all a balm for racing thoughts 

But shadows slowly lengthen;

Surliness replaces joy

In spite of every effort taken

And thus, this day, 

Its courses run,

Becomes an idyll;

A dream of fun.

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