how to know it’s july.

July 2, 2018

how to know it's july | reading my tea leavesIn train cars, beach-bound city folk.

On corn cobs, butter.

At bedtime, fans.

Before dawn, birdsong.

For breakfast, birthday cake.

Under fingernails, cherry juice.

On shoulders, arms, legs, and bellies, still more sunscreen.

Between sidewalk bricks, grass.

On sloping floorboards, sand.

In my mom’s garden, four kinds of mint.

On upper lips, beads of to know it's july | reading my tea leaves

On water glasses, beads of condensation.

In the freezer, ice cream.

In garden-bed dust baths, chickens.

On the drying rack, rash guards.

Under tender city feet, driveway stones.

On bellies, watermelon juice.

In hair, strands of gold.

On skinny sticks, marshmallows.

In the darkness, fireflies.

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  • Reply Merritt July 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I look forward to these every month! Thinking of my one-year-old daughter and beaming at this: “On bellies, watermelon juice. In hair, strands of gold.”

  • Reply Veronica July 2, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I love these 🙂

  • Reply Linda CZimmerman July 2, 2018 at 7:12 pm


  • Reply Kim July 2, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    My favourite so far!

  • Reply Hannah July 3, 2018 at 5:20 am

    This is beautiful. I want to read it to start my day all month!

  • Reply alicia July 3, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    this! holds all the beauty of summer! <3

  • Reply Lacey July 5, 2018 at 7:51 am

    On saturdays, yard sales!! 🙂

  • Reply MissEm July 5, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I would love to see this in children’s book form.

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