Dog Days

Sittin’ on the porch, sippin’ iced tea
Watchin’ the squirrels and the butterflies,
Seems the perfect place for sleepy me;
Even the cat is sharing his sighs.

For a while we planned lots of activity,
But loosening now are those busy ties
To run here, to do that, to go there and see.
Now we watch clouds floating by in the skies.

If you will, pass the pitcher, please,
And hand me the swatter for these darn flies.
That rain cloud is really just a tease
As these dog days dwindle before our eyes.

One who gets up early is the one who sees
Sirius coming up at sunrise;
Or the Dog Star, if you know facts like these,
Slows summer days with wonders and whys.

(Dog Days -July 3rd to August 11th)

 

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About gleefulee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making passionate, lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. Now totally retired and looking for my summers to be full of fun as well! Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still very much a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content contributor for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist for our local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness.
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