how to know it’s august.

August 1, 2018

On ankles, mosquito bites.

In vases, wildflowers.

At farmers’ markets, melons.

On sandwiches, tomatoes.

Out of closets, camping gear.

After dinner, popsicles.

On shopping lists, school supplies.

In the fridge, cold brew.

On the calendar, doctors’ appointments.

In sunscreen bottles, the dregs.

Bedside, novels.

On cotton totes, berry stains.

In hair, sea salt.

Around the table, cousins.

Overheard, vacation stories.

On chins, peach juice.

Between fingers, peach juice.Β 

Down bellies and into buttons, peach juice.

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  • Reply Katie August 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Erin, I look forward to reading these each month! At the risk of sounding totally selfish, I would be thrilled if you compiled them into a book, perhaps with your best tips and tricks for holiday celebrating and the simple, special ways you mark and enjoy each season (as evidenced by this blog). I know you’ve touched on these things here and in Simple Matters but I’d love to be able to reference them altogether, to read through a calendar year of simple matters. Anyway, thank you for these sweet poems to greet each new month. x

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 1, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      You’re so sweet, Katie! Glad they’re bringing a bit of joy!

    • Reply Heidi August 1, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      I second this, Erin! I so look forward to these entries every month – they are so beautifully evocative. They would also make a lovely calendar, although for selfish reasons, I would love to see them in book format too!

    • Reply Sasha L August 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Katie, I love this idea. All of these poems each month, lovely photos, a recipe or idea for each month. It would be wonderful!

    • Reply sam-c August 2, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      That’s a great idea Katie ! I would buy that calendar πŸ™‚

  • Reply alicia August 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I agree! These monthly post just give me gratitude for the moment/month.

  • Reply Gail August 1, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I think a calendar every year is a terrific idea!

  • Reply Rebekah August 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    School supplies! This was one of my favorite things about summer growing up. I would pour over my supply list for hours and picture all my fresh new folders and unsharpened pencils. I can’t wait for my little to start school so I can obsess over his.

  • Reply Amanda August 1, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    This is so lovely!
    Again reviving my disdain for my allergy to peaches! πŸ™

  • Reply Kim B. August 2, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Agreed – these are SO beautifully done. A calendar would be wonderful.

  • Reply Sophie August 2, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Cultural interest: Why doctors’ appointments in August? Funnily I made two appointments for check-ups for my kids this month as well but is there some special background for doctors’ appointments in August in the U.S.?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 2, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Just the return to school!

  • Reply Ann August 2, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Very nice, I support the idea of publishing a calendar!
    For me, August is also the first apples with fresh honey, blueberries in full swing, you can still read all night long, this tea with friends in nature on Saturdays and the last bathing in the river

  • Reply Maryfe August 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I didn’t know doctors’ appointments are a thing in August. But yeah, we have 7 of them scheduled this month πŸ™‚

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 2, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      I mean, they are for us!

  • Reply Jocelyn August 2, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    These are so sweet and lovely! I just love reading them!

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