I started to notice it getting dark
And evening brought on a chill
Each year I think summer will last forever
But I know it never will
The waves seemed a bit muffled
As I heard them on the dunes
And the wind made its presence felt
And it was opening old wounds
It is another summer’s end
As always I think back again
About the day long before
When I let love walk out the door.
Susie sent me to fetch her phone
A September rain all afternoon
Darkness had by then set in
I crossed the hall into the room.
A candle flickered in the corner
It gave off just a little light
A woman was breathing softly
She was over to my right.
There was enough light to show she was pretty
And suddenly she woke
She’d been dozing in a chair and I startled her
Neither of us spoke.
She got up and walked to me
I didn’t know what to do
I said I was Susie’s friend
She already knew.
The candle was behind her
Its light cascaded through her hair
Her face in darkness, having lost the light
But I didn’t care.
She touched my shoulder as she passed
I knew it could never be
I still recall that moment
It defines summer’s end to me.
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I love the Fall with its shedding trees
And Winter with its snow
Spring with its renewal of life
But Summer sends me where I hate to go