This is the poem I wrote about August, published in my collection, Cutting Pomegranates :-
Cheating on me
© Miriam Halahmy
Here comes August
flowers faded in her red-dyed hair.
She struts her green stuff
along days already crisp-edged,
nights dark before ten.
All through parched June
classroom stiff with tired bodies
I dream of holiday
cheer myself hoarse at sports day
comfort the losers.
I wave my girl off to camp
then it’s my turn;
air laced with that carbon cocktail.
As we shave short the lawn
lock up, head for the hills
the sun angle shifts;
in see-through vest
you tease us, August,
long-limbed shadow of winter.
Out on the streets the kids are walking, biking, chewing and chattering their way to school in new uniforms, massive backpacks on their shoulders.
And writers are facing their September. Back to neglected laptops and dust piled desks, mounds of books, research notes, coffee cups rimmed with stains forgotten since July. The diary is jam packed with visits, blogposts to write ( like this one) requests, demands, hundreds of emails screaming for attention, meetings, hesitant enquiries to editors/agents/reviewers/ commissioners/ returning from their holidays to mounds of similar requests and running to catch themselves before everything slides off their desks.
September is a too short month and it seems as though it flies by the seat of the pants, tumbling into October and finally there's time to breathe. The diary is set, the final warmth of summer is gone, the nights are dark and there's time to sit back, take stock, read the pile of books leftover from summer on the beach and spend some time with friends.
I need this change over to galvanise me into a winter of work. But without the fresh impetus of September after the final clocking down days of the summer, I don't think I would ever be ready to enter the long dark tunnel of winter and make good use of the time to write.
Changeover times - we all need them.