The Thing With Feathers

Where has the summer gone?? Egad! Just yesterday, back in May, when the lilacs were blooming and a spring breeze blew in through my window, I let myself sink into the luxury of it all, only to wake up one morning and find it is July-pushing-toward August, and the lilacs are long gone, as are the rhododendron and the honey locusts and the roses. Even the blackberries have raced from blossom to berry to briar, and those cool breezes have been stilled by some invisible hand, hot air settling into my little holler, compressing light and sound so that if feels as if we are all inside a dim bubble. Since I don’t have air conditioning, my ceiling and window fans have been running pretty much nonsto

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