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Skunk Summer
by Leslie P Garcia
Wednesday, July 16, 2003

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Skunk summer. We called it that,
In summers past
When the night air wafted in
The honeysuckle, skunk-oil blend.

Not unpleasant, a biting
At the nose and mind,
Ignored
In pursuit
Of fireflies enough
To fill a hundred jars.

How simple then, lighting the night
With borrowed light,
Pretending life, a grander life
Than the one attained
From other hands.

But now the air-conditioner
Churns out the sudden, strong
Skunk smell--did we ever
Ignore it? And fireflies
Cause excited omment
By children--we don't notice them
That much.

And if I hadn't stepped out,
Thought of you
And skunk summer,
I might not have smiled
Through these tears
That make new.

Leslie P. Garcia
copyright 2003

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Reviewed by Regina Pounds 6/25/2007
This is at once charming, nostalgic, sad, and life-affirming. It also sends a strong message about the importance of taking that time out to be still, to remember, to take comfort and new hope from those special times and people who graced our lives.

Wonderful, Leslie.

Gina
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 7/17/2003
Remember it well. Well done.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/16/2003
Heartfelt write...superb!!
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