The Smell of Summer

By Krista, age 17, Massachusetts

I love the smell of summer.
How its humidity weaves into my breaths,
and how I really only notice it
when I walk into my bedroom, the open windows
welcoming high C chirps as the day's soundtrack.

I've always wondered about mother nature's concoction.
Does she stew the breath of performing crickets clockwise?
Grate the friction of lilac pedals, whose roots are
savoring March snow melted deep into the ground?
I have not the slightest scrap of her recipe, but the wonder is safe and familiar.

In the morning, the weatherman's good news sends anticipation to my senses.
When the pane grudges
after a season kissed securely shut,
it steadily tick-tocks until I relax in the aroma.

I love how the first whiff of summer
comes in the first days of spring,
after the initial rainstorm,
in the cooling night of the first day to break seventy.

It's May first,
hours from being May second,
weeks from being summer.
But right now,
the smell of driving with the windows down at night
and walking barefoot across the lawn,
lowering sunglasses over my eyes to catch the shimmer of the ocean,
and the freedom of adolescent friendships
clings to my pillowcase,
and will caffeinate me
into the night.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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