Summer is a strawberry,
incubated eggs leaking
juicy sweetness down tanned chins.
Summer is watermelon
rinds on styrofoam plates, chilled
picnic fare shared with neighbours.
Summer is barefoot grasses,
firefly lanterns at dusk,
creamsicle smudges on shorts.
Fireworks stars, awnings strung
with campfire’s glow, seared grill-marks,
sandy toes at water’s edge;
Lazy hours with dog-eared books,
aloe vera to soothe sun’s
kiss – all add up to summer.