Cicada Summer

Cicada Summer

There he was, stuck to the screen of my door. What was he doing? Thinking? Doubtful. I hear him, these summer nights; he and his family and friends tune up in the darkness, singing their summertime songs, filling the night with their grating sound.  All my life, I called them jar flies, and it was […]

Not Even a Whisper

Not Even a Whisper

There’s not even a whisper of a breeze this morning. When I stepped out on the deck, the boards under my feet felt warm. Everything is hushed and still, as if nature is holding its breath. The sun isn’t up yet, but the birds are. Blackbirds have sort of taken over my back yard. There’s […]

How About Your Soul?

How About Your Soul?

June is a summer month, but, all too soon, the warm, lazy days of summer will pass and the chilly winds of autumn will be upon us. I hope I can keep the warmth of summer in my soul, though, to remember when darkness comes early and the flowers fade. And, imagination–the spirit that can’t […]

Canebreak Critters

Canebreak Critters

This is a reprint from a few years back. I remember when I read it to my Cozy Critters and they were wondering what sort of animal would begin with the letter Y. Canebreak ABC’s Red ants, black ants marching all together, through a canebreak by the river in the lovely summer weather. Many-colored butterflies drift or dream […]

A Goofy Flight of Summertime Fancy

A Goofy Flight of Summertime Fancy

I first published this about four years ago so this is a re-run. Let me tell you I do not believe in reincarnation and hope I don’t offend anyone with this flight of fancy. My only excuse is that I wrote it much longer than four years ago, probably in some idle moments, and since […]

It Happened One Summer

It Happened One Summer

It Happened One Summer by Blanche Day Manos All Rights Belong to the Author First off, let me tell you that I do not believe in reincarnation. This is just a silly flight of fancy and I hope I don’t offend anyone. I wrote it strictly tongue-in-cheek, just for fun. I had no one in […]

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