I lament how it used to be
When I was young and carefree
When time didn’t exist and all that mattered was the ever-present now.
The sun enveloped me back then
But I embraced any sunburn,
any tangled hair, drenched in chlorine,
any saltwater tainting my tongue.
My summer winds brought forth change
Its breezes carried another beginning,
another lesson for me to seize in its mist.
My affinity has waned over the years
I care more about being uncomfortable;
I can’t handle the heat the same,
and I find myself loosening my grip.
As I grow up, timelines become clear
Responsibility becomes clear
Summer and I keep growing further and further apart.
But I write about summer like a lost love
A lost love I have not moved on from
not in earnest.
Because summer, I do not want to fully lose you
Let’s still honor what we shared
Let’s still reconnect
Let’s still be a team.
Pave your hot streets towards transformation.
I still count on you to not let me down.