Bottled Summer

Updated on November 20, 2017
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I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I live in the suburbs of Riga, Latvia. I have a wonderful cat named Sid.

With every summer that passes,

I long to find a way,

to bottle up summer,

like a soft and mellow wine,

so that when the winter comes -

I can savor it again.


In the dark of the long night,

as the north winds howl,

I’d take a bottle of summer,

uncork it

and let the scent of it,

the warmth of it -

fill my room.


Could we bottle summer?

and if we did,

we’d be trapping the magic,

that comes with the season,

making it so ordinary,

that summer wouldn’t,

be special at all.


Summer needs to be free,

with blooming flowers

and dancing butterflies.

We have the memories,

in our minds

and when we release them,

we have summer once more -

if for just some moments in time.


No let’s not bottle summer,

let’s dream about it,

deep in the winter.

Let’s ache and long for it,

so that once the winter is through,

we can celebrate the coming of spring

and walk once more,

into the magic of summertime -

feeling ever so fine.

© 2017 Gypsy Rose Lee

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Michael. Warm thoughts of summer go a long way in the winter.

      Yes, Verlie the sooner we get to winter the quicker spring will come again.

      That is so true Jackie. Fill the room with summertime.

      Thank you Patricia. Blessings to you.

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      DREAM ON 2 weeks ago

      What a great way to celebrate the beauty of a lovely summer day. I will take two cases just in time for Christmas. The weathers turning a little colder and all the signs of summer are now gone. Your thoughts will keep me warm all winter.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 weeks ago from Canada

      Gypsy Rose, I could use a bottle of summer right now as the cold winds howl here. Looking forward to winter Solstice (exactly one month from today). A day to celebrate as we turn again toward Spring and Summer...

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      Such a great notion! It would be great to open that bottle in the cold wintertime!

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      Patricia Scott 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Yeah bottling up summer would take its magic away but what a lovely thought....I longed for some bottled summers in the dark cold nights of South Dakota winter (although I did love the winter wonderland....for a time ).

      Angels are headed your way ps

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this FlourishAnyway. Well that song no matter what will always inspire me. 1969 I turned 12 and couldn't wait to become a teen.

      You welcome Terrie. Glad to hear it will get you through the winter.

      Thank you Manatita.

      Thank you Bill.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      That opening stanza in particular was superb. I’ve always loved Bryan Adams’ song, “Summer of ‘69” and thought it was a very memory laden song but then I was disappointed to learn that his year referenced not a memory but a certain ahem maneuver. I wished he hadn’t divulged the source of his inspiration.

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      Terrie Lynn 2 weeks ago from Canada

      Well done Gypsy I love it. This will help me get through winter, thank you. Very nicley done.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Nice way of looking at it. Out of struggle comes great joy; the brilliant sun is charming, only because we have known the cold. One with a difference here. Way to go!!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      As the rain pounds on my window this morning, I'm thinking your idea has great merit. :)