25 April 2018

Next Summer, We’ll Sleep Days

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889)

At dawn we'll move potted plants into shade
lest they incinerate in direct sun.

We'll stretch cheesecloth over the rows of
peppers, string beans, tomatoes and peas.

We'll pray over root vegetables and weave
pine branches into roofs for hills of squash.

We'll let the grass fall victim to the heat,
but decide to save our skin for awhile.

By day we'll sleep.  To run, play baseball, golf,
commute—all these demand the dark of night.

We'll pump scarce water with day’s solar power,
but only sunbathe in the night’s moonlight.

Some of us write ironic poetry;
some try mysticism; some curse this fate.

The Hymn “Good Morning Starshine” will become
our most popular twilight waking song.

For Sumana's Prompt 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Summer

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright. 

© 2018 Susan L. Chast  


Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this poem!!!! I can feel the guarding against the intense heat - hotter each summer.

gillena cox said...

Luv this happy poem and resonating music video


Robert Bourne said...

a peek into the future I think...

Vivian Zems said...

This is sweet....so much to look forward to!

Myrna R. said...

Humm. No longer will those summer nights be the same. This is sadly futuristic. For now, let us enjoy summer even by day. Good writing, as always, Susan.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Summertime activities are so different from those of other seasons, mostly because of that incinerating sun!

Old Egg said...

We are quite used to very hot summers and mild winters here in South Australia so can relate to this. However the climate is warming, rainfall is lessening and mankind is foolishly in charge of rivers using too much so that downstream environments suffer. We have no-one to blame but ourselves expecting things to improve by themselves despite our actions. Yes, your poem is beautiful but the irony is that it that we always seek the easy way out of a crisis which will head us into disaster.

Toni Spencer said...

Yes. Do in I will become nocturnal, doing moonbathing and gardening by night. I loved your poem and the song Good Morning Starshine is one of my favorites.

kaykuala said...

but only sunbathe in
the night’s moonlight

This is a classic line Susan. You have ways with words


Thotpurge said...

Fantastic... but praying over root vegetables stood out for me... what a beautiful thing to do!

Kim Russell said...

I love the activity at dawn and night, with siestas in the heat of day! I felt the heat just reading it.

Panchali said...

It is difficult to win against the harsh sun rays! We are so used to summer here...even the plants have become conditioned probably.... Lovely poem, Susan.