respite

carefree days spent
avoiding the sun’s glare
& seeking elusive shade
beneath magnolia trees,
savoring sleeping in
& (for once) a lack
of responsibility.

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a few of my favorite things

blasting my song
while dancing home
after work on a Friday.
sinking into an ice bath
when the a/c’s broken on
a scorching summer afternoon.
cocooned together,
slowly drifting to sleep
in your arms every night.