Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Night Like Tonight

I could go crazy on a night like tonight
When summer's beginning to give up her fight

And every thought's a possibility

And voices are heard, but nothing is seen

Why do you spend this time with me

May be an equal mystery.

(Indigo Girls, "Mystery")

We had a late walk––a delicious walk––with children running to Dunc to pat his back and scratch his chin, a vivid tangerine sunset followed by night so dark and clear it seemed we could see faces smiling back at us from the planets above. We played fetch around the few vendor trailers and kiosks which are beginning to arrive for this weekend's Summerset festival, and the air was sweet in a way that it hasn't been for weeks. At the end of August David commented that the world was weary of Summer; the flowers had withered, the air was stagnant and exhausted and even the sky seemed bleached and weary of the season. "Enough already," he sighed. But I wish he had been there tonight in the park with us, where pockets of sweet coolness hung above the fields and the candied breeze somehow smelled of Russian Olives and Lindens, Spring and mint all at once. Duncan chased his ball tirelessly and then rolled in the thick grass with a vigor he reserves for snow and wind. On a night like tonight Summer seems to want to last forever and I want nothing more than to throw my arms around it and beg it to carry us southward with it, dancing under the skies of stars and singing songs only the crickets know by heart.

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. (P.D. James)


Scout 'n Freyja said...

This time of year is so special to me with all of the gorgeous colors and wonderful sounds of crunching leaves underfoot. Beautiful post and even prettier photos! Thanks so much for sharing.

caboval said...

What a beautiful sunset with Duncan. Thanks for sharing that pic!!! Hugs to you, Joey and Kealani

Sam said...

This is my favorite time of year, where the summer heat is giving way to the coolness of a new season.