I dread the lengthening of days, the long, lazy clambering of the sun, the way the space between each cricket’s chirp overflows its edges and bleeds the silences together. Another summer without you.

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge weekend prompt, in which the editors asked us to describe summer in exactly 33 words.

This week’s challenge is community-judged! If you like my little piece, please visit the Trifecta site starting at 5:00 PM US Pacific (8:00 US PM Eastern) to vote for your three favorites. I highly encourage you to read the other entries – there are some remarkably talented writers over there.

29 responses to “Summer

  1. uhh, winner?

    nice job, quite jealous of your beautiful poem!!!! you nailed it.


  2. This is beautiful. So moving and descriptive in just a few words. I cannot say enough good things about it.

  3. And THERE we have it folks! Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

  4. sad and poignant – beautifully done.

  5. Such sadness to it but so beautifully done.

  6. I cannot think of adjectives that will make justice to the beauty and longing in your words.

  7. The memories of summer loves, of those flash in the pan, heat of the moment and the season romances that never leave us? You captured all of that here.

    I found my eyes pricking with tears.

  8. bleeds the silence together! Love that so much! This is so inspired! 😀

  9. This is so achingly beautiful-a poignant reminder that nothing can ever stay the same. Well done!

  10. I’ve always found summer to be a lonely time. Well done, Christine.

  11. “the way the space between each cricket’s chirp overflows its edges and bleeds the silences together”…this is awesome writing. Beautiful poignant response to the prompt.

  12. Beautiful rendition of how it feels to ache, deep down inside, at something as ordinarily wonderful as a sunset.

  13. Just sigh. Your words made my own heart long for something long vanished.

  14. This is so beautifully done Christine! Love the mood, the tone, the subject… marvellous!

  15. Beautifully sad.

  16. A summer where even the spaces between cricket chirps seems to lengthen…There’s a lot of longing in this piece.

    Thank you for linking up. Please be sure to return for the voting!

  17. I like the twist. I like dark & melancholy. 🙂

  18. “bleeds the silences” so many great phrases in so few words. such a melancholy for what should be a bright time of year.

  19. Beautyful in its melancholy…

  20. Summer seems to lend itself to a bit of melancholy, even as the sun shines down a blessing. Loved the tone and the pace of this a whole lot!

  21. Love the idea of ‘lazy clambering’ and space and edges bleeding. Wonderful imagery to portray an overwhelming loss – a beautiful piece.

  22. KymmInBarcelona

    Everything about those cricket chirps… sigh.
    Thank you for this one.

  23. I like the intensity. Fortunate to have loved that strong.

  24. Congratulations on your much deserved win!

  25. This is, quite simply, BEAUTIFUL writing. Congrats on a well-earned win.

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