Summer Stroll

I did not abide the sunny paths
But instead, waded through shade
Beneath boughs between swaths of green grass
The gorgeous but searing sun screened
And the cool breeze amplified under the canopy.
Across the glade, shade pool to shade pool,
I strolled to the pond, joined by bluebirds,
Red-winged blackbirds and butterflies.
Garrulous frogs croaked then splashed as I came near.
The cattails dwarfed me and
Lithe willow limbs stretched to the glassy surface.

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