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Night Sky

by Gayle Watson
Lying amongst the new grasses
of an early summer's eve
I listen to the crackle and hiss of a
small wood fire, its warmth caressing
bared toes in the cooling air.
Frogs peep their love songs
in the stream nearby
and blues music plays softly
in the background
as a gathered family of
friends laugh and talk,
enjoying the glowing flames.
Essence of budding wildflowers
mingle with tendrils of wood smoke,
dancing sparks following, lighting
their ascension to the heavens.
Eyes soft and wide,
I watch with joyful reverence
as the first stars peek out
from the deepening
night sky.

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