Recently I spent a perfect summer evening with my wife and some friends who live out in the country where city lights and semis have no place.
We enjoyed watching nature prepare for night and saw the spine of the Green Mountains slowly fade out of sight. The stars, one by one, took their places in the night sky overhead.
We lit the fire pit and made s’mores. We were then entertained by the mating show of hundreds of fireflies in search of the perfect mate.
I hope that you are all finding your perfect summer in whatever you’re doing.
By Rick Bessette
We sat beneath a cloudless sky
Far from noise and city lights.
Shared our time with the setting sun;
Watched nature prepare for night.
The fire pit lit and loaded.
Our faces shown in the glow;
’Twas there we waited patiently
For this evenings starlight show.
Finally stars lit one by one,
Satellites sped through the sky.
Fireflies lit then faded away
Over lawn and fields nearby.
This evening spent in the country,
Toasting s’mores upon a hill,
With friends we shared old memories
While nature grew peacefully still.
Rick Bessette is Shelburne’s poet laureate.