Alberta Summer

Alberta Summer

June 21st is the official start,
but really, who knows when
it actually happens?

One day there is no snow,
maybe that’s the sign.
Or, perhaps it’s the day
everyone wears sandals
to work, slipping on
the bits of frozen dew
clinging to hopeful blades
of grass poking out from
among the moldy gum
and candy wrappers.

No, that’s too bleak.

Summer in Alberta
is a frame of mind — think!
24 above is beach weather,
pack a picnic!  Go —  enjoy it.

We’ve got eight weeks,
if we’re lucky. To embrace
the sun, laugh at the rain,
stay out ’til the moon is high.
Sleep in tangled, fan-cooled
sheets.  Pretend it’s tropical.

Alberta summer: gas prices sky-rocket
the highways hum with convoys
of motorhomes and trailers
followed by boats and atv’s and
compact cars.  It’s livin’ for
the weekends, short as they are,
and beer gardens, and ‘festivals’
and theatre in the park.

Even in July
there could be frost warnings.
Protect the tomatoes, cover the peppers!
It’s not unheard of to have snow
in August — but, let’s not
think on that!  Today the sun
is high, the clouds are sultry,
the wind is high in the tree tops.
It’s another day in paradise.

It’s what sustains us through
the long dark of winter,
keeps us sane while spring
waxes and wanes.  It’s not
long, it’s not warm enough
by far, most days, but
it is summer, in Alberta.

©KLarson 2010



  1. Chloe said,

    July 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Wow – this is awesome – definately one to come visit again! The contrasts you describe are almost everyday occurences here in England. And it seems we can have four seasons in one hour at times!

    This poem made me smile!! Thanks, Chloe 😀

  2. klrs09 said,

    July 26, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Thank you Chloe — appreciate you dropping in!

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