Ode to summertime

It’s summertime

and the forecast is the same day after day

humidity
heat
rain
repeat

It’s summertime

lawns are green from the rains but I am wilted

from the heat
humidity
in my soul

moisture clings and streaks down our windows like it
steams my lenses
thick
blurs

humidity
heat
rain
repeat

It threatens to steal energy and will
It threatens to rob desire and creative pursuits

Am I battling with the weather?
Does it really threaten me so?

It’s summertime

the crowds are gone
beaches are open wide
paradise is pretty with windows rolled up and the a/c on

Do it give in to its sway?
heat
humidity
rain
repeat

You confound me with your give and take
your bluster and stillness

You rage and you whimper
and I respond in kind

We’ve done this dance before
we’ll do it again
it leads
I lead
let’s slow dance across the sand to the water that refreshes
that puddles around our feet and calms

It’s always the water that
heals
restores
soothes

It’s summertime
and we will dance

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

8 thoughts on “Ode to summertime

  1. Lesley

    It’s funny how the weather can have such a big impact on our mood at times. Florida is the only part of the States I’ve been to and it was in July, several years ago. Your words and pictures bring back memories of the humidity, which was like nothing I had ever experienced, and the rain that seemed so sudden and heavy and yet dried up so quickly.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Oh, Lesley, you must come in February. You definitely didn’t see us at our best. And I hope you weren’t in Orlando as it’s even hotter there without an ocean breeze. When we were in the London area a couple of summers ago, we got a chuckle out of headlines talking about the “killer” heat. It was in the 90’s f. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. sarahgirl3

    Yes, and it has been the wettest summer here that I can remember. But it is what we need. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Debby Hudson

      We have two seasons this far south in Florida: rainy and dry. We suffer through one to get to the other ๐Ÿ˜‰ I might fuss but I can’t question our Creator’s infinite wisdom. Even the weather can teach us, Sarah.

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  3. hopeful50

    OH YES, LET’S DANCE! Now, I want to watch The King and I. โ™ซShall we danceโ™ซ

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I admit to not really knowing that musical, Susan, but even I can hear that refrain. Good enough for me, friend, we’ll dance!

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  4. Marie

    I like this. Wish I had something more profound to say – I just enjoyed your words. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thank you, Marie. Your words gave me a chuckle because most of the time I’m leaving a comment I stare at the blank space for the longest time because I don’t know what to say other than, yep, I like it ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I’m not the only one!

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