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august, fully loaded…

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just when we get
deep into the delicious ease of july-
that sandy, joyful, barefoot, afternoon-napping bit of summer…
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august arrives-
uninvited.
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august is…
hard.
and fast… too fast…
heavy rememberances
dreaded goodbyes
twisted and mixed up with
joyful celebrations
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 wham! bam!
and it’s over-
like a tornado
through your soul
and then…
there your are.
exhausted. 
battered. 
and standing, yes… standing…
but alone
on an empty beach
everyone gone
but so not forgotten…
and every year it just feels harder-
this deep-in-your-bones emptiness
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and here we are
home
but so.very. homesick.
for our tribe.
and those summer days
we wait all year for…

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all of a sudden, we are here…
sitting on the edge of fall
not ready for the jump-

but before we can even take one last breath
school and meetings and a calendar full of appointments
are pushing us in.

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