Summer is officially here.  And I officially cannot wait for autumn to arrive.  Some people love it when it’s 90 degrees, but not me.  I wilt.  I have zero fondness for sweating, dehydration, heat exhaustion or blinding unsuspecting paramedics with the glare off my shockingly white legs.  Three things make this sweltering season worthwhile:

1.  line-dried laundry

2.  ripe, homegrown tomatoes


With summer rays, I disagree
Their scorching personalities
are fraught with wild intensity
Indoors I flee, indoors I flee

But leave a jar of water first
with four sachets of tea submersed
their amber secrets to disperse
For these I thirst, for these I thirst

No boiling kettle can entice
like long, slow sun served over ice
and wrapped around a lemon slice
Pure paradise, pure paradise

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14 thoughts on “SUMMER IN A BIG MASON JAR

  1. Peter Klopp June 24, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Although I dread winter even more, I have similar misgivings about summer. Your fine poem expresses exactly my sentiment and is as cool and refreshing as the drink, Joan.

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    • Just Joan June 24, 2018 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Peter. There is nothing like sun tea on ice to beat the heat. 🙂


  2. Tippy Gnu June 24, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I don’t like tea, but that poem leaves me feeling thirsty for a glass of it.

    Stay cool.

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    • Just Joan June 24, 2018 / 11:47 pm

      Trying, Tippy. I’m a coffee person at heart. I only drink tea in summer, sun brewed and iced. 🙂

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  3. murisopsis June 25, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    I burn after 15 minutes in direct sun (with 100 SPF sunscreen on). I was once asked how I could stand to wear socks with sandals – I wasn’t. It was just my white bare feet! I love this poem. It sounds like it need to be a song….

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    • Just Joan June 27, 2018 / 12:06 am

      Love it, Murisopsis, the “socks” and sandals. I was so indoorsy as a child that my mom called me a “houseplant.” 🙂


  4. L. T. Garvin, Author June 28, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Joan, I love sun tea, and who can top a long, slow sun served over ice? I must be insane because I love summer. It’s over 100 in my part of Texas most of the season, not uncommon to reach the 100s in May. It’s a season of semi-freedom for me, although this summer, not so much. I love a summer evening, the moon, the smell of jasmine and honeysuckle and the remaining flowers that have not yet burnt up, LOL.

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    • Just Joan June 30, 2018 / 10:23 pm

      Hey Lana! I think all teachers love summer best. I can’t abide 100 degree temps, I would melt. Sorry it’s taken so long to reply, I’ve been out of town for a funeral, my dad passed away unexpectedly. Talk soon. 🙂

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author July 2, 2018 / 7:23 am

        Oh Joan, I am so sorry. Don’t even worry about blogging at this time. I am sending much love and comfort your way. Hugs….xoxo

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      • Just Joan July 2, 2018 / 7:03 pm

        Thanks, Lana. I expect you understand this tumult of feelings very well. I may take a blogging break for a few weeks. 🙂


  5. timkeen40 July 2, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Nothing cooler than ice tea. Course, down here in the south, it’s sweet tea, I mean with sugar, not NutraSweet. Still tastes great, though.


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    • Just Joan July 2, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Tim. Southern style is a tad too sweet for me, but a little sugar is OK. NEVER NutraSweet. And the sugar must be added when the tea is still warm. Good to see you posting again, it’s been a while. 🙂


  6. circumstance227 July 9, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    I used to love suntea! And can I add two more to your list of nice things about summer? Sleeping in and porch swings.

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    • Just Joan July 9, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Duly noted, 227. I thought I would do a lot of sleeping in (in all seasons) as a retired person, but it didn’t work out that way. I haven’t used an alarm clock in four years and I’m awake by 7 every day. I have an Amish double tree swing that is perfect location-wise, always in the shade! Sun tea has a certain je ne sais quoi, a flavor that cannot be duplicated with any sort of kitchen appliance. Enjoy your vacation months, September comes too quickly. 🙂


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