imaginary friends in the heat of summer

credit: Atey Majeed Ghailan
summer brings a nostalgic feeling
unlike those of flowers and fields,
endless expanses of lakes and love,
and festivals and fairs of all varieties.

summer brings imaginary friends--
a product of blistering heat
and long, lonely days
spent along the back lawn.

summer brings a lonely feeling,
but it was never so
with my friends of all shapes and sizes,
of all quirks and character traits.

summer brings those memories
i didn't even know i'd forgotten--
days spent with dearest friends
and plenty of fun.

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