If summer is your season, I celebrate with you the arrival of its full flower (here in the northern hemisphere at least.) And/or I grieve with you, as your season is stolen by smoke and our collective refusal of responsibility, again.
Early summer is a wonder to me, but “traditional” summer — long hot lingering days, late July and August and part of September — I could skip entirely. I get overheated; I feel trapped inside (that’s even without the smoke); and here in the Pacific Northwest at least, I am haunted by moderately large spiders making free with my indoor living space.
A friend said recently that Cascadia’s four seasons are Mud, Fire, Spider, and Snow. I add a question mark after Snow? and concede she’s painfully on-point. My own favorite season used to be called autumn, and I love what we knew as winter, too. And spring. And early summer.
As August arrives, though, the best I can do is bless it slantwise.
August Invocation Season of spider and burnt-out grass month of incipient pears be welcome, because my resistance to you is some kind of teacher, too. Breezeless season. The only way out is through.
This poem is new, not in final form I’m sure, and not part of Tell the Turning. Some version of it is undoubtedly part of the book I’m currently working on. Well, one of them. The one that’s pretty much all about difficult seasons. I promise it isn’t a downer, though. A little bit dark — that seems to be how I do. The difficult seasons, and also their hundred small joys, and making it through.
The only way out is through.