Mid-summer sun and heat and fun
Have folks smiling and on the run,
Wearing shorts and flip flops and genuine smiles,
Enjoying the Ozarks in a variety of styles.
Current River may be calling your name,
Or you may watch the Cards in their baseball game,
Maybe you’re mowing as you hear the grass growing,
But one thing for sure, it isn’t snowing.
You’re not thinking of holly and stockings,
To Christmas sales you are NOT flocking!
You float and boat and barbecue,
No boots and mittens and snow cream for you.
Did Walmart and Amazon miss the memo
That season is summer, there is no snow?
Their plans for sales tagged Christmas in July
Leave you soothing your sunburn and wondering why.
You’ve caught on to their sneaky tricks
So you’re not making early gift picks.
Till Christmas the days number 153,
There’s plenty of time for a shopping spree.
Holiday sales already crowd Halloween,
Blacks and oranges mix with reds and greens,
Thinking of the cold now is really a bummer.
Let’s not hurry the end of summer.
This first appeared in my hometown weekly, the Prospect-News, in July, 2015.