Archive for September, 2009

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Sep
09

Scented Summer memories

Summer

Will forever be

The smell

Of coconut suntan lotion

Mixed with salt air

And the taste

Of cold ham sandwiches

Pulled from a cooler

Filled with ice

And chilled sodas,

Mixed with the grit

Of sand and saltwater.

It will always

Hold

In its memory

The image

Of tanned bodies

And the hint

Of tan lines

That peak out

From underneath

And around the edges

Of bikinis

That seemed to get

Smaller and tighter

With each summer’s arrival

And the approach of

Adulthood.

The smell

Of coconut lotions

And salty air

Take me back

To many exact moments

And vivid images of years past

And different beaches

From the ones

I now take my daughter to.

The girls of my memories

Never seemed as young

As these girls,

Though they look

The same.

As the September sun

Sinks and fades

Into the horizon

Of another passing summer,

The memories remain

Scented as strong as ever.

Timothy Vance Jackson

September 5, 2009

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