Creek Of My Summers

Creek of my summers – was named Bear Creek and it was roughly three blocks from my childhood home in Sheridan, Colorado. I miss those times of yesteryear, mostly I miss my summers on Bear Creek. Little did my friends and I know that those memories we made on those hot summer days would walk with us through the rest of our lives. One of my most profound memories of the creek of my summers was one year my friends all happened to be on family vacations at the same time leaving me all alone on the bank of Bear Creek. I was far from lonely that summer as I sat in the high grass with my feet dangling in the cool flowing water of Bear Creek, because I discovered new friends and they kept me entertained that summer. My new friends were writers like H. G. Wells, Louis L’amour, Jules Verne, and Edgar Rice Burrows. These men, these strangers somehow knew what I needed that summer while my friends were away and I was never lonely in between the pages of their stories. Yes, a big portion of my wonder years was centered on the – Creek of my summers.

“Creek of my summers”

Now I am a lot older and far away,
I remember, the summers that started in May.

Down to the banks of old Bear Creek,
Young lad dreams, adventures, we would seek.

Bear Creek was not wide, not deep, not swift,
Perfect to give us tykes a summer lift.

We tubed, we swam, and we would wade,
We, as young boys, had it made.

Caught sunburns more than rainbow trout,
Somehow that was what it was all about.

Timeless friends, best of, we were all,
Splashing, dunking, until we would hear our Mothers call.

Going home when day turned to night,
Returning the next day, at early dawn light.

Now I am older and far away,
Smile when I think of young summer days.

By Kurt James

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is currently working on his 4th historical fiction novel "The Keegan Trail" which is set for release in December 2017.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is currently working on his 4th historical fiction novel "The Keegan Trail" which is set for release in December 2017.

10 thoughts on “Creek Of My Summers

  • January 28, 2017 at 9:02 PM
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    Wonderful memories you share with us Kurt..Loved the vivid description of Bear Creek and about the summers you and your friends spent there..Enjoyed reading this and thank you so much for sharing..

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    • January 29, 2017 at 10:10 AM
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      Thank you Anjana for you thoughtful words

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  • January 28, 2017 at 10:38 PM
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    Oh, such wonderful memories to cherish of your Bear Creek and friends. I love poem, Kurt, and your memoir brings back memories of my childhood summer days at the old water hole with my siblings and cousins. Thank you for taking me back to those days for a few minutes. Great work Kurt.

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  • January 29, 2017 at 10:10 AM
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    Always enjoy when you stop by Phyliss…

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  • January 31, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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    Kurt sounds like a lovely place to be for summer breaks between school years. Great imagery. ~Paul

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    • February 4, 2017 at 6:27 PM
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      Thank you Paul for your kind words…..

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  • February 1, 2017 at 11:16 PM
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    Thank you for this. It brought me delightful memories of my own summers in the Catskill Mountains of NY.

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    • February 4, 2017 at 6:28 PM
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      I would love to see the Catskill Mountains Rasma…. I can only wonder of there beauty

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  • June 13, 2017 at 7:47 PM
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    That’s a lot of memories there brother. Thank you.

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    • June 14, 2017 at 6:33 AM
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      Thank you my Marty my friend, I was hoping my piece would create memories for those of us that walked those banks.

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