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Summers Everlasting

Sand in sheets
scuffing skin and reminding 
last nights attire reaks like bonfire
 a hundred days like this 
   a sea of endless laughs rolling 
     like filmreels infinitely looped fantastic

Their cars rolled in, shiney and pretentious
  personalized plates waxed clever wit
crowding this small town to gloat in sand-side castles
Yacht club yucks shelling bucks like bayou crayfish
  condescending, fun loving, brash Chicago touristas
Bless their daughters who filed in sassy
  chin up, chest out trustafarians
scents of coconut lotion and clinique perfume
  wafting through our warm lake breeze reality
Giddy and loving our rough edged style
  intending to slum with townies, like we minded...
  smiles glowing in those bonfire nights
     mischievious and promising...
Every action thereafter defied catholic school education
   ...benificiaries of repression we minded!

Lake Michigan was paces from my bedroom window
 These sparrow serenaded mornings..
  ...morphing into something amphibious 
when the alewives were raked, we lay lazy 
Bodies melted into sand~~ sated with sun
 splashing back to cool off in sandbars
   coolers anchored in those cool waters
     taking long pulls off a perspiring Heineken

Beach days concluded with seagulls off to hunt
  Squaking as they ascended into pink and orangecicle skies
The water shimmered like a million illuminated snakes
 ...side winding-mirrored the suns final say
Couples pulled up to Harbor landing to see the show
  heads melted into one mass in windshields all around
    lovers seeing nature's beauty more vibrant as lovers do...

The sunset brings a new purple backdrop
  squaks are replaced with crickets chirps 
Bright-then-fading green...BRIGHT-then fading green
  Children gathered fireflies in jars laughing
Ice cream stained faces aglow with captive glee
Then to black and star filled, became the sky
  we returned to cooler sand pushing between our toes
scurrying through dunegrass seeking driftwood and brush
 creating a structure to take to flame...a science for proud boyscouts
There we gathered with newfound gals from cross lake 'burbs
  sunrise would end our night tonight...awaking to lifeguards scolding.

Inspired by John Heck's Summer Contest!!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009

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Date: 10/17/2012 4:49:00 PM
i'm looking for steve vorhees. do you live in webster groves and listen to NPR. i heard you on the pledge drive. please contact me jhlovingiii. i live in st louis too.
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Date: 2/8/2011 3:06:00 PM
Please enter this in my free verse contest! Light & Love
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Date: 5/27/2009 7:10:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS on being a winner in Johns contest, a lovely written piece...kindest thoughts, Anna-Marie.
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Date: 5/24/2009 1:21:00 PM
Congratulations, Steve =) I guess I forgot to comment on this one when it first came out... but I really love it!! I love how you have evoked so many senses that summer brings... especially when you talk about the sand.
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Date: 5/24/2009 6:46:00 AM
Well deserved congrats Steve on your big win in John's contest! Love, Shar
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Date: 5/23/2009 6:05:00 PM
Terrific poem, and a well-deserved win in John's contest!! ~ Congratulations!
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Date: 5/14/2009 8:40:00 PM
A brilliant piece Steve with many vivid descriptions of those hot days of summer, I can see it all played out so clearly as I am reading. I enjoyed the journey down the page always with your gifted poetry friend.
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Date: 4/24/2009 7:45:00 AM
Steve ... Steve, all the best on this contest entry brother ... mmm, good. You had the magic wand in your soul when this one was birthed ... full of ganja relevance, a total high of beauty. One love, brother poet, friend.
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Date: 4/15/2009 1:48:00 PM
a natural born poet. John Henry Loving III
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Date: 4/15/2009 1:41:00 PM
unbelievable...totally BELIEVABLE..most excellent sensory ride...I love Chicago..should a friendly part of the country...1 question did you want an "s" here ...repression last line third verse? Light & Love & posting as a favorite!
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Date: 4/15/2009 11:54:00 AM
Vivid imagery here, Steve, with so much expression in the details! Another superb pen, my friend! Warm regards, John.
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Date: 4/14/2009 11:54:00 AM
This is amazing...this hassssss to be a winner. Very nostalgic....unique phrasing, too. Best wishes, Sara:)
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Date: 4/9/2009 7:53:00 PM
And people say Florida's beaches are amazing. I would love to spend a day on the shore of Lake Michigan to hear sparrow serenades, feel the cool waters between the sand bars and later watch the orangecicle skies herald sunset. What beautiful images, Steve! Truly magnificent! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 4/6/2009 3:06:00 PM
You can smell, taste and touch this!!! So richly descriptive and full of fantastic imagery and phrasing. OUTSTANDING my friend!! Whatever you're drinking I want some... BRAVO!!!!! Best wishes Keith
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Date: 4/6/2009 12:42:00 PM
If this isn't a winning poem, I'll eat my Easter Bonnet!!! Awesome poem here, Steve!! Wonderful summer memories, wonderful descriptions of summer on Lake Michigan! Holy cow...this was good!!
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Date: 4/6/2009 9:45:00 AM
Oh man, summer time ecstasy. Amazing beauty of memory. I just want to be there, or go back to my own summers of sheer bliss. A winning write. Aren't they all? : ) Love, Shar
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Date: 4/6/2009 9:31:00 AM
Steve, another amazing write. Best of luck to you in the contest. As with all of your work this is filled with such beautiful imagery and drips with passion. I love the way you recreate the memories of life in vivid color for the reader to enjoy as if they were there themselves to live it. Smiles from Lolita
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Date: 4/6/2009 7:01:00 AM
This is wonderfully done in the Stevie boyeee brain spits language wishes in the contest.
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Date: 4/5/2009 9:10:00 PM
Fantastic write. So rich in detail and life.
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