It's been longer coming than usual,
my Favorite Day of the Year.
There have been a few prior contenders,
but none quite met the standard.
As I step outside
most of the required elements are in place ~
the nip in the air,
dark leafy oak branches splayed against the sapphire sky,
and crystal clear visibility.
But it takes a few moments
to feel the light, cool breeze
come sashaying through the big back porch
to seal the deal.
It is sweet relief ~
even the songbirds herald
the annual testimony
to our benevolent Father's Creation.
© 2013 by Pat Malone.
Used with the author's permission.