Robert Byrns


Quintessential East Texas August - Poem by Robert Byrns

Earth cracking hot, dusty,
Cicada stillness.
Desolated until farm house.
Sign: WATERMELLONS
AHEAD, SEEDLESS'

Two young children, one of each.
Under a shade tree, a 'make do' stand.
Smiling, waving, waiting, hoping.
Sparse traffic on FM 1677.
Have they sold any?

Slowing, still too fast, wave.
Feeling their rejection inside.
Few seconds, way down the road.
Too far to turn around?
And miss those smiles, the joy?

Never too late to feel happiness.
No choice, quick U-turn.
Bright sun-tanned faces, smiling.
' What would you like? '
Which are the best?

'The dark green ones the sweetest'
The stripped ones, yellow 'meat'.
'Both seedless'.
How much? 'Two dollars each'.
One of each but how know if ripe?

The girl, the younger: ' I know how! '
Thump, thump, thump on each.
The third melon: 'This one! '
Repeating the ritual, thumping each,
Until 'the one' sounds right.

The melons four dollars;
The smiles priceless.

How often in life can four dollars bring
Such satisfaction, sense of pride?
How often do we drive past opportunities,
To give simple pleasures to others and to self?

With melons in arms, a lump in the throat,
A gentle breeze.
East Texas August did not seem so cruel.



To Jim, August 8th 2015

Topic(s) of this poem: memories

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Quintessential East Texas August by Robert Byrns

  • Fabrizio Frosini (9/12/2015 5:07:00 AM)


    ''How often in life can four dollars bring
    Such satisfaction, sense of pride?
    How often do we drive past opportunities,
    To give simple pleasures to others and to self? ''


    in my humble opinion, Pamela is right, because the meaning was plain clear also without this stanza ***
    But your write is a lovely poem anyway... Keep on posting, Robert
    greetings from Italy

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    *** you might use it as a footnote to the poem
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  • Kelly Kurt (9/11/2015 8:45:00 PM)


    *A beautiful poem, Robert. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (9/11/2015 6:18:00 PM)


    Lovely poem! You melded nature and weather with watermelons and children so well. I like the sparse language and I like the ending. My preference would be not to include the second to last stanza... Cause you did such a great job of conveying your message without stating it... But that's just a thought. Well written! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 11, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 12, 2015


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