Summer Cycle

By Danielle Preservati

            The smell of fresh coffee and the hum of a lawnmower awake me from a long slumber of clear, starry nights that had blanketed me into sweet sleep.  I walk into the sunroom and am greeted with the yellow light coming in through the walls that are filled with windows.  The windows are as vulnerable as the delicate plants awaiting at the base of the walls, and curiously peeking from the outdoors.  They are submissive to Mother Nature, and praying she will show a gentle spirit after a long winter.  A slight breeze picks up from over the hills and makes the flowers, the grass, and even the wind chime sway in unison, as if they are sharing secrets to their temporary friends.  Some boast to others of their beauty by sprouting vibrant shades of blue and red.  Others share their sweet scent, hoping to entice a nearby nectar-lover.  All of the plants share something.

The cool earth below supplants and fortifies its happy dwellers and is the first object to greet me as I step with feet outside. The grass greets me with a tickle and tells me to humor myself and run through her soft blades.  A hot, wet nuzzle on the back of my leg tells me that I am not alone.  My dog walks to my side, anxious to explore the world surrounding us.

The warm, morning sun is quite peculiar.  It is not the overwhelming warmth that covers the body in mid-day; but rather, the sun only reaches that face.  It is gentle. Soft. Comforting.  One should always greet their love with a warm kiss in the morning.  The sun wants others to see her act of endearment, and has left me with a lasting blush on my face.  That kiss is her way of telling me, “Good morning, my love.  Have a beautiful day.”

            Danielle Preservati is a senior at Bluefield College.  She is from Princeton, West Virginia, is majoring in History, and will also receive a minor in English Writing.  She has worked as an editor for Bluefield College’s annual editorial of prose and poetry, The Bluestone Review, for the past two years.  After college, she would like to pursue a career in writing, as well as museum studies. 

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