I tried to hold the moment

Like summertime with its songs like Sweet'N'Low

Like summer's burst of peach infinity

Farmer's markets and gold-tinged fields in a rural town

East West North and South of Nowhere

I tried to hold the moment

Of being a child halfway but not all the way

Of having the future still at arm's length

Cicadas and cornfields standing between me

And everything to come

I tried to hold the moment

In amber like the sunsets each day that

Captured me

Each like the very first time and the very last

I tried to hold the moment

In my Converse shoes that scuffed the sidewalk

In my favorite jeans

In each sip of black cherry soda

And in each breath of hot air that

Was so full of summer

I tried to hold the moment

Scent of marigold

Joyous sight of a garden full of sunflowers

Taste of raspberry, taste of strawberry, taste of apple not yet ripe

Feel of sun showers and wet clothes

Sound of summer wind in leaves

I tried to hold the moment