Day 181


It’s Friday afternoon

Day 180’s passing

And so the children should be

Out of school for summer

Last rides in yellow buses

For a while


They can populate the stores

For a time

And visit in each residence

Pets should be happier

For the company

And lemonade or something like

Becomes a commodity


I don’t mean to say

It’s all sugary

Some will need work,

Too many will go hungry

There will be

Pain from separations of all kinds


But some will take trips

They will enjoy

And though not expressed,

Wear a new kind of gratitude


As a child,

My summers weren’t idyllic

But I couldn’t help from time to time

First relief, then

Reveling in freedom


C L Couch



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