Noon-time office cocktails and
humming with final grades
and summer bonuses,
announce the long weekend away.
The cities empty, their inhabitants
eagerly packing hat-boxes
and sandals for a few days away,
to escape routine
and combat responsibility.
A day set to remember,
it is spent most often
at some lake-front beach
or a back-yard picnic table,
grills fired up and beach pails filled.
For a brief while, people recall
youthful banter, simple activities,
and the aching relief
of a skyscraper’s weight
removed if only for a day or two.