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Summer Friday
Virginia Scholtz


The rain-rinsed road falls over the next hill
Curves through wild moraines, pea green kettles
Thunder skulks away to the east
The sun’s heat is patient above breaking clouds
Distant squeals of children pull us around the corner
We flash our pass to the ranger
Roll into the parking lot
Grab towels and toys
Flip-flop across the steamy pavement
Drop our gear and barefoot it into the lake
Run splash paddle dive
Hold your breath; go deep to grab the shells
Float with the cool water on our back
Warm light on our faces

© by Virginia Scholtz.
Used with the author’s permission.




Virginia Scholtz has been writing, as a hobby, since she was a child. Now that she’s retired from nursing, she’s enjoying the freedom of an unscheduled day and says, "A lot of the poems that come into my mind enter through a bit of yard work or a walk in the woods." Virginia is working on improving her craft by participating in the "Poetry People," a workshop at UW-Waukesha. She’s also a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.



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Janet Leahy:
I want to be in the water after reading this poem, you make it sound so delightful! Great piece for summer. We miss you at Becky's poetry table.
Posted 06/28/2019 11:12 PM
Lori Levy:
Love "flip-flop across the steamy pavement."
Posted 06/28/2019 06:47 PM
What a terrific summer poem. So good to see you here. Think of you often in our poetry circles.
Posted 06/28/2019 04:42 PM
michael escoubas:
Love those "rain-rinsed roads" Virginia! You take the reader with you. Excellent.
Posted 06/28/2019 07:56 AM
Great summer poem, Ginny!
Posted 06/28/2019 07:17 AM
becky evans:
Beautiful poem, Ginnie! I love your strong verbs! Am very happy to see you in print here. I miss you from our Friday Poetry group. Would love to see you again and hear you read your work.
Posted 06/28/2019 07:06 AM

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