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C.N.P Poetry 

The Boys of Summer

By: Kathleen Holliday

“They are leaning out for love,

and they will lean that way forever.”

Leonard Cohen

My feet push off the ground


way, way back,

wondering just how far

I can lean in my new

lounge chair.

I could lean this way


falling back into other summers,


until I’m brought up short by my age.

Gravity socks me firmly

in its palm like a ball

in a catcher’s mitt,

but not before I remember

all the leaning out for love,

longing for someone

to catch me.


Kathleen Holliday lives on an island in the Salish Sea. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in The Write Launch, The Bellingham Review, The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, Common Ground Review, Poetry Super Highway, and SHARK REEF, a Literary Magazine. She is a graduate of Augsburg University, Minneapolis and an erstwhile student of the Lyle's Bar School of Poetry. She is at work on her first full-length poetry collection.


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