Carrying Summer inside….

I’ve been on a long explore this month,
a stretchy,  uncomfortable sort of journey of the heart
that’s left me with some stronger muscles,  fresh wings,
and a second wind in the living.
Odd how my surroundings seem changed.

I have so much more space in my cabinets.
Bigger counter tops,  I think.  And the stains in the carpet,
apparently someone rubbed the ugly out.
My house feels taller.

And that face in the mirror
with the kind eyes that smile back at me,
the kind of look I always wanted to see
in a teacher or at a recital,
they make it feel so okay and right at home to just be.

There’s somehow more room,
more space.
more air,
like everything went more expansive and breezy
and yet nothing exactly has changed.

It’s funny how I’ve wished for a Summer
like the ones I knew as a girl,
the kind that stretched out lazy and long and easy and slow,
this one was nothing of the sort,
less like that than any I’ve known
and yet I feel summered more.

Love and lift to all of our brave hearts;
may we carry the sweet things of Summer inside.

“Love makes your soul
crawl out from it’s hiding place.”
-Zora Neale Hurston




  1. Susan on August 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Beautifully brilliant! And yes, you deserve to be summered more … keep enjoying.

  2. Elephant's Child on August 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    This image perfectly encapsulates the very best of summer. Vibrant colour and delicious treats. I hope it is summer in your heart and head for a long, long time.

  3. Sue on August 30, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Here’s to summer all year long….

  4. Lindsay on August 30, 2013 at 6:53 am

    August is almost over! Will you keep writing this much? I enjoyed reading your posts on daily base in my e-mail..; and taking time to visit you a couple of times. Wishing you much more wonderful summers to come. 🙂


  5. Bren on August 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Love this, just plain love this!

  6. Deborah on August 30, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Even the title of your post tugs at my heart. I have so enjoyed your August writings! Thank you for sharing your words, your soulful wisdom.

  7. leslie on August 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

    That Zora quote is one of my favorites. And I’m glad August has been a time of refreshing for you 🙂

  8. Naomi on August 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    How wonderful that you are uplifted! This month of poetry was delightful to read.

  9. Julia Bourque on August 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Dear Jennifer, it makes my heart sing to read that you feel freer with more room and fresh air. Nothing heavy to weigh you down. Love changes everything. It makes the ordinary extraordinary. What an August this has been for you.

  10. Judy Hartman on August 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    This is just wonderful, “stronger muscles, fresh wings and a second wind in the living…”
    I feel it too. You have expanded yourself, and all of your readers while doing so.
    Such a meditative, growing sort of month. I’ve been reading several of your August posts, sitting on my porch with the overhead fan providing a soft breeze, cats curled up on chairs, and I love the depth and inspiration of your words. I keep saying it, but I’m just so grateful to have found your blog and you. xo

  11. Sharon leaf on September 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Refreshing comes in different forms. My August has been refreshed through my daily hour of swimming and YOU, sweet soul. Thank you.

  12. jeanie on September 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I feel very privileged to have been able t join you on your long explore. It has been a gift — and I am glad you have been the beneficiary on your own terms. Hugs!

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