Carolina Lugnasa

The move from July 31 to August 1
is the anti-New Year
nothing to fare well
no kiss
no clinking glasses
to lurch us forward

a month-change incognito
as imperceptible
as the pause between these cicada antiphons
it is just a subtle shift between
mosquitoes in this ear

and mosquitoes in that ear

crisp lawn grass
that promises the same tired hue and texture
four weeks hence
that was beneath bare feet
four weeks prior

It is a midnight as still
as the pressing humidity
against your face

your one chance
to turn the calendar over
with no real reason to bemoan
or celebrate
the ticking of time

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