First Nights of Summer

We had no spring. 
We had winter.

We had winter.

Suncameoutforasecondwhoopsnowitisgone.

We had winter.

And now April 21st. The second day of summer.

In just 48 hours no more logs on the fire.

Fly-sized mosquitos, crickets, frogs, and the smell

of photosynthesis for the first time in months.

There is no slow awakening,

just immersion into sun and bare legs

erasing the memory of our disgruntled months. 

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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