Photo by Ralph Johnson, Shenandoah National Park, 8/11/16.
We sat on the back porch in weathered-gray Adirondack chairs which tilted back
but not quite enough.
With cricked necks we stared up at the sky.
Experimenting with focused gaze and then with soft eyes,
We took in Cassiopeia’s night sky.
In late, still darkness,
The sounds of summer’s sultriness drummed in our ears–
Cicadas, frogs, crickets, locusts–the chorus that calls for fall.
We held hands and waited for the promised Perseid meteors
As children might watch for lightning bugs.
“Did you see that?”
Spears of light etched through the stars urged us to stay for just one more.
Just one more. . .
Flash of wonder.