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JULY NEVER LIES

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Al Young reads “July Never Lies” at KQED’s
‘The California Report’
 
Courtesy http://hawkingharrisblog.blogspot.com

JULY WILL NEVER LIE

“Like a summer with a thousand Julys,
You intoxicate my soul with your eyes”
— Haven Gillespie & J. Fred Coots (“You Go to My Head”)

July will make you lazy,
July will get you high.
Blue-hot with time and endlessness,
July may make you cry.

As cricket-chirps can silence
whole Lodi nights in heat,
the breathy swish-and-hush of tides
cool Point Arena’s beat.

July can grow so dizzying,
you’ll long to get away,
be anyplace but where you are.
A month, a week, today?

The howls of owls at Mono Lake,
remembered in a dream,
leave July’s softest soundprint mute,
untouchable, unseen.

July says: “Hi, I’m only just
one slice of year to yearn.”
The price and cost of outdoor heat
add up, December learns.

July will make you crazy.
How does a year ooze by?
Big hot-sky blues tell Santa Cruz:
July will never lie.

© 2012 Al Young

  roadtripamerica.com

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