July heat broils blacktop, tar
Bubbles and putties our shoes.
Dog days at the pool, hair
bleached duckling blonde.
Long, hot days require refreshment. Quarters ching
for too-sweet slush.
Forgotten in a 32-ounce brain-freeze,
Bikes lay untethered, abandoned.
These are waning moments. Soon
School bells sound
A cranky ring.
For a summer-feral fifth-grader
Who's almost forgotten how to write,
Sharp new pencil in his