Summer Afternoon by the Long Island Sound
I see it as it was, freshly frosted with summer's light
In August, with a shimmering glisten upon the water.
The stillness of the sound sparkling under the sun
as soft conversations glided on with no trace of discontent,
The socially-distanced placement of tables ready for
Multi-colored masks making their entrance,
The clink of glasses toasting the day,
The boats shimmering and the bright sun
Beaming in the glorious sky, colors dancing across water,
Whispers of unheard conversation, clatter of dishes
Passing by with a smoking speciality rising toward
Billowy summer clouds spread against a blue sky-
Stillness was noted as we spoke of anniversaries past.
All these simple visions of an afternoon by the sound
Linger in a time when quarantining changed our summer lives.
It seems like July 31st was eons ago since a numberless array of dark days on Long Island have passed after Tropical Storm Isaias raged. This memory was a brief afternoon of summer peace that brought back past Long Island summer days of warmth, free-spirited contentment, and serenity. Tonight I thought why not lighten my mood so I found Emma Lazurus' poem of a Long Island Sound memory. Using her poem as a mentor text, I concentrated on the images described not the rhyming verse. This choice provided me with more freedom when sharing the sights I saw on Long Island's north shore ten days ago.
Long Island Sound by Emma Lazurus
I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August, - by a fresh soft breeze o'erblown.
The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.
The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark green grove.
The luminous grasses, and the merry sun
In the grave sky; the sparkle far and wide,
Laughter of unseen children, cheerful chirp
Of crickets, and low lisp of rippling tide,
Light summer clouds fantastical as sleep
Changing unnoted while I gazed thereon.
All these fair sounds and sights I make my own.
Last week, I missed writing with Two Writing Teachers because of the power shortage caused by the storm. I did not want to miss the opportunity to connect with friends this week so I am happy to have found quiet time amidst the hectic pace of after-storm clean-up and prepping my house for prospective home buyers. As Slice of Life Tuesday begins, I link up to "engage with the stories of other slicers, connect and support each other as writers, as teachers of writers, and as humans living through challenging times."
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