Looking Calm

The closing of the community pool takes place this coming Monday (Labor Day) and is the official event marking the end of summer. All the life guards are returning to school. The tables and chairs will be stacked and covered and the pool will be drained. I’m not part of the pool crowd but as we take our after dinner stroll, we get to see all the overly browned women lounging by the pool. They will now have to get back into their winter routines. There will no longer be pizza deliveries to the pool. They will not have to sneak their adult beverages in disguised as a “Big Gulp” in 32 oz. plastic cups. And while they are frantic to enjoy the last weekend before the pool closes, I’m calm. There is a family that has strung up a hammock between 2 trees in their back yard. We can see it from the walking path. At the beginning of the summer the kids monopolized it. They took turns swinging each other to the point they were twisted up like starlight mints in cellophane wrappers. They became bored with it and now the parents are enjoying it. We never saw them sharing the hammock until this last week. They discovered that they can both fit. It made me smile to see them enjoying the evening as the hammock swayed and the lightening bugs flickered in the dusk. I have been relaxing and enjoying the hammock vicarious…

In the Shade of the Sycamore
You Sing
Dream of
Summer nights
Rocked in arms
Safe from dangers
When you sing
All is
All is
Right and just
All is
One with

This is a new to me form called a Waltz Wave. It was developed by Leo Waltz. It is a syllabic form with a title and 19 lines. The subject should be calming. The syllabic pattern is: 1/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/3/4/3/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/1. Words may be split to fit the pattern. There is no rhyme (thank goodness)!