Buddy and I amble through sensory snapshots.
Buddy wriggles on his back in freshly mown grass,
breathes deeply of daylight damp;
memories of black Chihuahua captured by camera phone.
Lula’s garden thrives on Carolina humidity;
Blooms change hue as blue hydrangeas give way
to purple pansies, shrimp plants;
bees buzz pink snapdragons as sunflowers reach skyward.
Green Cherry tomatoes ripen, become red bursts
of sweetness planted next to three types of peppers,
garlic bulbs, onions, scallions, oblong eggplants, and zucchini.
Small lemons will turn pale yellow on the tree.
Midday heats up as we drive into town,
oil mirages rise in rainbows from the highway.
We pass the pungent smells of local turkey farms,
contrast with floral scents of sunrise walk.
Shari Elizabeth Berk
August 20, 2016