Last Summer Before

©2022 J Oscar Bittinger

Warm and dusty afternoon
Formal in the front room
Wildflowers
In a yellow vase
Mantle clock is ticking
Pulses feel the quick’ning
Light and heat
In another face

Last Summer Before (2x)

Café talk was serious
We could not make sense of it
Didn’t matter to us
Anyway
The joy of red wine kisses
Your polka dot dresses
My army coat on the sand
Beside the bay

Last Summer Before (2x)
The war

BRIDGE
Hearts full of fire
Sure of everything
And nothing at the same time
The rush to love and judgement
This quick confusing moment

Last Summer Before (2x) The war