Monday, August 22, 2011

it's true, ponyboy. nothing green can stay either.

It's all around me--in the edge of yellow bleeding across the landscape--what was lush green, true green, has begun to fade into the barest shades of gold. The crisp bite in the air at night, the sharp dip from 80 to 60 when the sun sets. I linger beneath my quilt later into the morning, the sunshine taking longer to cross the backyard through my window. The wind has picked up. Occasional flocks of geese briskly pass overhead, intent on making good time to wherever they're going in their perfect V formation. Flies cling to the window screens, escaping into the house thoughout the day to pester us all night. The tips of pumpkin and squash vines are turning brittle and brown. Goldenrod blooms, grasshoppers morph into husks flying through the field in great arcs.

Summer's ending. I feel it in my bones, I see the signs everywhere I look.

(Green Girl exits STAGE LEFT, weeping in dismay.)

25 comments:

  1. I just read The Outsiders this summer..thinking of using with my 9th graders. And I had to giggle about your saddness of summer leaving because my husband, who is a hunter, is doing the happy dance. Hunting season will be upon us soon.

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  2. I keep looking to the west to see if the aspens are starting to change in the mountains. Not yet. But soon.

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  3. Oh no... don't cry. *hands you a pretty lace handkerchief*

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  4. I noticed it yesterday in your back 40...just the slightest twinge of gold. I sighed...I go back to work in one week.

    This summer flew too fast.

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  5. An Outsiders reference--no wonder I love you!

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  6. Ok, I feel stupid because I read The Outsiders and I am not getting the reference...

    I am so sick of heat and summer. Wish I was up there where fall is closer.

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  7. Don't. Say. That. Now I'm depressed. :(

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  8. I can't wait for the geese, but think it'll still be awhile before they fly over our neck of the woods. As far as I'm concerned this summer can be gone, long gone.
    This was a beautifully written post.

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  9. Obviously, Green Girl does not live in the South, where Summer lasts more than 6 months of the year, torturing Southerners with the oppressive heat.

    I can't wait for fall. It'll be a few months yet for me....

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  10. Beautifully written. Our summer may last a little longer than yours, but I feel it here too.

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  11. I am looking forward to the bite in the air at night.

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  12. Why does Summer have to be so short? We were up north last week and noticed some of the trees starting to change color.

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  13. it's still triple digits here lots of days. We've had record numbers of triple digit temperatures this summer. forecast tomorrow is 101.

    we've had gold all summer (oh, wait... that gold has been "dead, dried up" type of gold from lack of moisture).

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  14. The first sign of fall for me is in the Black Walnut trees. Their leaves are turning yellow and filling the skimmer bucket in the pool. Very poetic :-)

    The gardens are slowly slumping too --it looks like all the leaves have lost their urge to point to the sun.

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  15. Oh it just can't be that time of year already!!

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  16. Oh NO! We just got summer weather. Seriously.

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  17. The ferns have turned from green to yellow and brown up here already. Fall is on its way. It is too bad because we have just carved out a spot for ourselves in our new backyard.

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  18. School starts in one week. I am NOT weeping.

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  19. Oh, lucky, lucky, lucky you! Crisp leaves, with that unmistakable maple-leaf smell. Mmm. Cider donuts and hot coffee. Mmm. Oh, to be back in New England for the fall!

    (Can you tell we don't get fall or winter here? We get "jacket weather" some time around Christmas!)

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  20. I'm not thrilled that summer appears to be over. We had so many family obligations early this summer, then I had foot surgery, and just in the last couple of weeks have we actually had time to enjoy our weekends. Now there's that chill in the night and early morning air. It just hit me that the kids go back to school tomorrow and now I'm sad.

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  21. Ugh. I know. I know.
    So sad.

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  22. I am so excited about impending autumn that I almost can't stand it. Fall is my favorite season and I still have to endure at least another four weeks of summer weather before it gets here.

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  23. I'm kind of enjoying the cool temperatures. I'm in denial, though. Amigo only has 10 days until he moves back to school. Sniff. (joining you offstage)

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  24. I feel it too. Summer was too busy and too quick.

    I linked this post in my "Friday Five" over at Kate's Library. Have a great weekend!

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