By Marianne Tefft
THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER In the eerie stillness of Labour Day Where summer never ends Razed palms cast no shade Their stalks raise iguanas Above the dust-bronze earth No tropical evening breeze To cool sunburned shoulders You load your shore-bound car With sand toys and beach blankets For summer’s last hurrah I load mine with saltines sardines And another case of water To shove into the pantry beside towels I pray I will not need to keep the ocean out You rise with first light As dawn breeze inflates the sheers I look to the east but cannot detect sunrise Beyond the corrugated shutters Between me and barometric Armageddon That obliges us to stare unblinking Into the eye of every storm
Marianne Tefft is a poet, lyricist, Montessori teacher and voiceover reader in Sint Maarten. Her debut poetry collection is FULL MOON FIRE: Spoken Songs of Love (2022).
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