Summer Love, by Christopher Hileman

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Michael Sowa, A Midsummer Night’s Melancholy

Summer Love
by Christopher Hileman

It’s become awkward
and muggy besides, cobber.
(That’s Aussie for pal.)

The dog wants a friend.
The cat has what it wants now.
And your painting shows
a late afternoon
but you have called it a night,
a hot summer’s night.

And me? I sit here
in my basement writing you
this aside on love.

Christopher Hileman moved to Oregon in 1973. He has retired to live on the volcanic bluff overlooking Willamette Falls in Oregon City, Oregon. He ascends the stairs from his basement digs to improvise on his Yamaha keyboard or the house Playel grand when the calico cat releases him from below. The part-Irish Wolfhound here likes him.


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