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Summer Stretches Linen Green
Janet Leahy

Lush lawns roll before me,
heavy air holds humid heat,
hibiscus opens its saucer blooms,
gardens become grand,
sunlight lingers into evening,
mosquitoes attack . . .

© by Janet Leahy.
Used with the author’s permission.



Janet's poems have been published in a variety of print and online journals including The Wisconsin Poets? Calendar, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Verse Wisconsin and the anthology, Empty Shoes. She is the author of The Storm, a collection of poems about the Iraq War, and a new book of poems, Not My Mother?s Classroom, published in April of 2012. The poems in her new collection are drawn from her experiences as a teacher in Milwaukee public schools. Janet lives in New Berlin, Wisconsin and serves on the board of The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. She enjoys gardening, though the deer assume she has planted her garden for them. Her sweet pea vine comes from ancestral roots.




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Lovely! This poem would bring summer into your home even in February.
Posted 08/09/2013 04:50 PM
Maryann Hurtt:
Great language, Janet and then the zinger of our state bird!
Posted 08/09/2013 09:15 AM
Thanks Janet. A nasty but perfect ending. And I agree with Donna.
Posted 08/08/2013 03:37 PM
Donna Pflueger:
Janet, I love your poem! I found myself saying it out loud for the beautiful alliteration and assonance.
Posted 08/08/2013 02:30 PM
Beautiful imagery and then 'zap'! Loved it, Janet. Judy
Posted 08/08/2013 11:33 AM
Jan, so adept at creating a lovely, peaceful summer mood, only to snap you awake with a mosquito attack.
Posted 08/08/2013 11:16 AM
Oh, Janet! Your poem is wonderful.Got me all day-dreamy then... scratching!!
Posted 08/08/2013 11:03 AM
Wonderful! I would have thought you lived in Florida, Janet!
Posted 08/08/2013 10:55 AM
Wilda Morris:
You HAD to end it that way, didn't you! An unhappy surprise! But so true so often! Love it.
Posted 08/08/2013 09:57 AM
ed werstein:
Excellent as usual, Janet. Great work.
Posted 08/08/2013 09:27 AM
Can hardly wait to hear you read in Oshkosh next year, Janet!
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Posted 08/08/2013 06:08 AM
Ross Kightly:
Oh, splendid luxuriant language leading to a marvellous reality-check! So, Wisconsin = mosquitoes, eh? We've got them in Australia where I come from, but the real insect nemesis of early evenings has to be the denizen of one of my favourite of all places: Scotland. Midges are smaller than mozzies but outnumber them several thousand billion to one... Lovely poem, just lovely!
Posted 08/08/2013 05:15 AM
I like the turn. Just when I was thinking "Oh, yeah" you turned it to "Oh, no!"
Posted 08/08/2013 05:07 AM
Perfect for these early August days!
Posted 08/08/2013 05:05 AM
Contrasts of a Wisconsin summer expressed beautifully.
Posted 08/08/2013 04:48 AM

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