CHARLOTTE AT SUMMER'S END
This outdoor pace, amazingly revealed
At the end of pavement and traffic snarls,
Tonight still spills with life.
Across the sand blue water rolls,
White sails lean into song -
Carousel waltz, drums from the bandstand,
Drone of waves on shore,
Antiphon of water and air.
Children dig, or run, or fill their mouths with
Lovers and friends walk the green-mantled ground
Beneath great sweeping trees.
Raven and gull speed through blue air,
Swirled with white clouds, sprinkled with sparrows.
All up the road people are still outside,
Savoring the crumbs of summer's long farewell,
As scarlet blazes cross the dimming sky -
A dance in the dark
A kiss in the park
A tune for the heart
To keep like flowers pressed between the leaves
To comfort us till love
And summer come again.