TO SUMMER SMOKE
by Abbie Johnson Taylor
Copyright August 2021
When I think of you, I cringe with fear.
Rarely are you a delight to be enjoyed on a cool evening
while toasting hot dogs or marshmallows
or singing songs and telling stories.
More frightening than the ghosts spoken of around campfires,
in some places, you’re all around,
with flames bringing death and destruction.
I can only hope you’ll never darken my door.
Author’s Note: The above poem, which I wrote recently, is, I hope, something to which we can all relate, especially those in the path of oncoming forest fires. To hear a recording of me reading it, go to: https://abbiescorner.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/to-summer-smoke.m4a Please feel free to email me at: email@example.com
Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of two novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. A third novel will be out this fall. Her work has appeared in The Writer’s Grapevine, The Weekly Avocet, and other publications. She lives in Sheridan, Wyoming. Please visit her website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com