there’s a tug-o’-war for spring
summer in no hurry to come
lazing somewhere in the tropics
winter struggling hard to stay
throwing temper tantrums when told to go away.

Charlottetown, 2014



the summer i met myself (poem)


i found a stranger really

no stranger than me

that stranger

found summer and lived

through summer and loved

all summer and grieved

when summer was over

and now i remember vaguely

that stranger

that sweet summer

of my youth


© Cindy Lapeña, 2012


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april showers bring summer (poem)


the crows call on the day

and night turns into


streaming through windows


twittering in leaves that

drop in golden showers

april showers strew the ground

golden ground in piles

that brown at night


© Cindy Lapeña, 2012


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365 Things to Look Forward to


2. Sunshine!

There’s nothing like a bright, sunny day to lift your spirits. And if you can’t have a bright sunny day, there’s nothing like a bit of sunshine to lighten your day and your mood. Even on a cloudy day, I bask in the glory of one feeble ray of sunshine pushing its way through heavy clouds just to reach me. I turn my face to the stream of energy-giving light and smile. Even during winters, I love waking up to see sunshine streaming through my window blinds. It’s the best reason to pull up the blinds and let the sunshine in!

This is one of the reasons I love PEI—lots of sunshine, even in winter. It’s not likely anyone living on this island will get SADD.

Today is one such wonderful day! We hear of rain and cloudy days and storms and hurricanes and hail elsewhere, and we have sunshine! Of course, the last couple of days were cloudy and rainy, but that didn’t mean we didn’t get even a wee bit of sunshine. And after those few short stretches of gray skies, we get beautiful clear and sunny skies!

Never mind that it’s summer in spurts. I call it those random days of summer. Pretty much like those random days of spring. Even the trees were confused because they didn’t know if winter was finally over and it was time to bud! So the leaves came late this year…well into April, as opposed to as early February and March last year…and summer seems to be a hesitant visitor, not having decided whether or not to stay the while. Still, we get glorious random days of double digits…today is a sunny but single-digit day…so we alternate between tank tops, shorts, sandals and denims, running shoes, spring jackets.

And we wonder if Summer will finally arrive when Fall is here. But enjoy the sunshine in the meantime!

P.S. Don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.