The Sounds of Summer Nights

Written by: Ray Dillard

The nights are still and quiet, Until you listen to the silence. It's then the parts that make the whole Are clear for ears to hold. Like cream from milk They separate and give us Something to savor,,, Each are ingredients in the recipe That makes the sound of summer. A dog is barking in the distance As a pack of coyotes yip and run. Leaves are rustling softly, In a rare and short-lived breeze. Neighbors are outside talking, But, their words are distant chatter. Now, laughter tells me they are happy. And then, a truck drives by,,, His radio plays an oldie I remember. The underlying sound of crickets Chirping can be heard. They taunt the birds that chase them All the day. Their song doubles as a celebration of life And a challenge for tomorrow. Light flickers from the window And TV is the cause. I can't make out the program but I'm sure That she'll soon call. I hear the back door opening...