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Those Summer Nights (Poem)

Updated on April 30, 2013
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

me and some friends after one of those summer nights (that's Sonny from P.O.D. in the middle)
me and some friends after one of those summer nights (that's Sonny from P.O.D. in the middle)

Do you like this poem?

Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available through Sweatshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

The following poem was first published in the December 2012 edition of The Rusty Nail.

I own all rights, foreign and domestic. I hope you enjoy it!


Those Summer Nights

(with apologies to Robert Hayden)

by Justin W. Price


Those summer nights,

when we could still smoke in those

24 hour cafes,

we’d sit with giddy laughter,

and drink coffee while the butts piled.


The patient waitress

(who would not be cute

if you did not know her)

would make us order an omelet

and bring five forks.


We’d share it with our best

mixed company jokes,

our thoughts

on politics, religion, the future

(which was so far ahead of us).


Three ashtrays and four

carafes later,

our eyes burned with pleasure,

our stomachs twisted into nauseating knots,

our muscles tight and achy,

the waitress sat massaging her swollen legs

while smoking our cigarettes, and we’d exit

into the twilight


to get short sleep


before our menial labors.


The damp air bit our skin,

disguised our fatigues as we

hugged goodbye.


And then we drove away

to our respective futures

(which were not so far away),

and wished we’d ignored

the burning.


All rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price 2012.

Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION, DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

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      Justin W Price 3 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Valley and daytripper, I appreciate the visit and the kind words.

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      daydreamer13 4 years ago

      Great trip down memory lane. Excellent writing!

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Some fine youthful memories skilfully brought to life...nicely done:-))

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Some fond youthful memories have been brought back to life here in this skilfully crafted piece...a great share, thank you :-))

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks so much Moonfroth. I'm please this took you some where!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Moesky for stopping by!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Blossom. Fortunately, I was generally able to avoid unpleasant mornings after :-)

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Oh, thanks so much Audrey. It's going to be int he revised edition of my book, too. I hope you get a chance to check it out!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      IMKarn.. indeed. I've always been a good tipper. It's very important :-)

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Jim. I was attempting to capture a certain mood and image with piece. I hope I succeeded!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks a lot Gypsy. Many good summer nights spent outdoors as well.. but those nights in cafes stand out to me the most. Glad I could warm up your morning a bit :-) Thanks for sharing this as well

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      You're welcome, Mhatter. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Ahh--memories, memories! A fine capture-in-image of youth and a bygone age. Quite the memory rush, Justine! Thank you.

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      Moesky 4 years ago

      Aaah summer nights! Aaah coffee and cigarettes! Aaaah memories of optimistic times. Lovely poem.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Ah! The wantonness of youth! - and the mornings after.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Boy--love the rhythm of this and the memories it stirs up for me---

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sounds like awesome memories to be carried far and wide into your prospective 'futures'..(i hope you tipped that awesome waitress..lol)

      Happy Holidays...stop by soon for a little egg nog...LOL..

      voting/sharing..

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Very good Justin! This has that looking back at coming of age, what we did not then and do know now flavor. I like it. There is a picture of time and place here and we can see it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Ahh you bring back such great memories. Not of sitting in but of spending sleepless summer nights with breezes blowing and rock playing and just hanging. Loved this. Warmed up my winter morning. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Me too! Thanks for the memories.

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