One month

A capsule of freedom

When homework is over

And classrooms fade into memory

With long days

and starry nights

and ice cream whenever you want it

Trips to distant places

Swallowing too much ocean

Laughter with no prompting

Sleeping in late

A reprieve from the machine

when work takes a backseat

to hitching a ride on the childhood dream

that summer

lasts forever


This is the first poem of my personal 30-day poetry challenge to break away from the machine to think about things that don’t matter. I have no idea what I’m doing. – Jim



Poetry Challenge

Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.

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