Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Longer Days: June Poetry

June, as a month is truly sublime,
weather is now deliciously fine,
Floral scents replace the pine,
and stars all just seem to align.

Monthly Poetry Group, in wisdom divine,
took June's best asset as a sign,
so about Longer Days we'll all opine.
Just scroll down and you'll find mine . . .

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 Longer Days

June is here and daylight grows.
Longer days, I can disclose,
happily replace toes that froze
with days in flip flops (and less clothes). 

Longer days and shorter nights,
sun kissed skin and blond highlights,
grilled food thrills our appetities,
we drive not blinded by headlights.

But oh, the cottonwood, it flies,
up my nose and in my eyes.
Worth it, more time with the prize,
big yellow ball up in the skies. 

Outdoor time is just the best,
On the back deck you can't be stressed.
With early evening, I'm obsessed.
even with an occasional winged pest,

like bitey bugs and things that sting.
But later fireflies take wing,
then a happiness sure thing.
grilling on the deck with my offspring.

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Grilled Orange Marmalade Chicken

Soon the days will shorten still,
completely, you know, against my will, 
For yearlong spring, I think I'd kill.
For now . . . this weather fits the bill.

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends: 
Dawn of Cognitive Script shares Longer Days.
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares The Days are Long.
Diane of On the Border shares Love 'em or Hate 'em.

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Grilled Orange Marmalade Chicken

Printable Recipe

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

*Trim and cut each of the chicken breasts in half. Place into a resealable gallon sized bag.
*Whisk together the orange marmalade, pineapple juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. 
*Add the marinade to the bag with the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours up to overnight, turning now and then.
*Preheat your grill to medium high. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and place on the grill. Lower the heat to about medium. 
*Grill chicken, turning once, for about 7 - 10 minutes per side. How long it takes will depend on the thickness of your chicken and some pieces will be done a minute or two before others. Be sure to cook your chicken through completely until there is no red and the juices run clear.


  1. I love those longer days. Knowing we are coming up on the solstice depresses me. We've actually seen the yellow ball in the sky for several days now and was wondering how long it would last. Ooops, rain returns tomorrow! Orange and chicken is such a perfect combination. Alana

    1. Yes, I've got that yellow ball in the sky today, but not all that hopeful about tomorrow.

  2. Ah! I love this! I know with your older boys, the grilling time on the deck is more relaxed. I look forward to those days but suppose I'll bask in the chaos that is my NOW. :)

    1. Yes, enjoy the chaos, you'll miss it when it's gone.

  3. June is cold and often wet here in Newie but that is good

    1. June tends to be very wet here, but fortunately not cold.

  4. You're very good at this! You can tell it's your favorite time of year.

    1. I do love the spring, although my allergies try harder each year to change that.

  5. YAY fireflies! I do love the longer days, not driving in pitch darkness but man I'm tired.

    1. With all the time you spend walking, especially in the nicer weather, I'd think you'd sleep like a baby.


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