Vacation is beginning.
The dim glow of the early morning sun is
Crawling through the cracks in a rustic
Rented cabin showering the rooms with
A soft tempo of light. The night crickets
Have stopped chirping and the frogs
Have finished their nightly chorus, of
The dew is melting on the grass, and
The faces of the wild Lilies in the leas
Are opening up to view the rays of the
Sun. The coyotes have escaped to their
Day lairs, and the deer are hiding deep
In the bushes.
The children are waking late in the
Morning to the aroma of pancakes; and
Eggs and bacon in the kitchen, for
School buses and learning have
Departed for the summer.
The dawn’s early sun is beginning its
Daily tour of the cabin’s garden and the
Raspberry vines in the old orchard; and
An old stripped cat is sneaking into the
Field to find its morning mouse.
James, a retired professor and octogenarian, is a Pushcart and Best of Web nominee, and his poems were selected for inclusion in The 100 Best Poems of 2016, 2015 & 2014 Anthologies, and the 2017 Poet’s Showcase and Yearbook. He has published 3 collections of poetry, “The Silent Pond” (2012), “Ancient Rhythms” (2014), and “LIGHT” (2016), and 1000 poems, in such magazines as Miller’s Pond, American Aesthetic, Gold Dust Poetry, Scarlet Leaf, The Linnet’s Wings and over 120 others. His fourth collection of poetry will be released this year. He earned his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, and his doctorate from BYU.