Poetry On Odyssey: Summer Lovers Who Did Not Get to Say Goodbye
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Poetry On Odyssey: Summer Lovers Who Did Not Get to Say Goodbye

A fond farewell to August, who left abruptly, and far too soon.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Summer Lovers Who Did Not Get to Say Goodbye
Gianna Palermo

One minute it's here, the next it is gone. Time, much like the seasons, waits for no one. Cherish the moment while it lasts, before you are left wishing you had just one more day. I dedicate this poem to both August, and to my grandfather who passed away before August's end.

The Fall

The air grows cooler by the day

Like she did.

I walked outside to greet the morning

Air, and was met by a chill breeze

(I had hoped to find the August heat).

That which I cursed for tightening my lungs

And reddening my face.

I was last to learn the news:

August packed her bags,

In a hurry to be anywhere but here.

I found the note she left.

"Dress warm. The time has come that I must go."

I didn't read it until after the fact.

I should have held her warmly

And kissed her goodbye.

Instead, I shied from her radiant rays.

Like a coward, in the shade

In which I chose to stay.

What a fool I have been

To spend her last days here hidden away.

The color in my cheeks has since faded.

So here I stand, her words in my hand,

and my short-sleeved shirt, billowing;

A sail in the brutal wind

I was not prepared for.

Yet still, my ship's anchor won't lift.

I am stuck in the sand,

And August is too far gone.

And so I wait, daydreaming about her dense air,

That which made it hard to breathe,

And her sweet scent

That made me want to, anyway.

I reminisce, now, on her light

That left me blind and teary eyed,

And kissed my skin golden.

Her warmth has always been enough.

I knew in July that August would be brief,

But I didn't expect her absence

To be so cold.


I wasn't ready for the fall.

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