Cebo Campbell

Summer Children

It’s not enough that oranges hang in the trees. Or that catfish whiskers uncurl in clear rivers.

The hours sag and withdraw like bodies in hammocks. So little time.
They suck from water hoses, the summer children, and skin pears with buck teeth.

Flowers run wild enough to lose their names.

But it’s not enough.

Tobacco dries on yarn tied from pine to pine. The sun is violent hot. Night mad with stars. Green burns from grass and white oaks angle towards the sky to drink until their shadows are full. It’s not enough.

Summer children go looking for trouble. Because trouble to a child is just the tail side of a coin. Indivisible. Differing from its opposite only by result of the turn. Summer says trouble is magic equal to reverence. Law identical to chance. Summer says trouble is neither chaos nor order alone, but both, like wasps in a tin. All the children know is that having the tin is more fun than nothing at all. As long as there is time to play. As long as there is time.

But it’s not enough.

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I am an author and a Creative Director.

As a full-time creative (VP of Creative Services at Spherical), I spend most days writing in the nooks and crannies of my available time. I wake up at 5:30am just to get in a few hours putting words on paper. I write on the train. I write on planes. I write waiting in lines. I feel I have to write. The reason is simple: representation.

I often tell the story of Ferris Bueller; a kid who decides to skip school and, on charm alone, steals a car, impersonates a cop, drinks underage, tampers with computers, and at every step exposes his best friends to peril, only to go home and fall asleep with his mother to kiss him into sweet dreams. I asked myself if Ferris were Trayvon Martin, how might that story end? I know the answer. So do you. And this is why representation is so important. I aim to contribute more stories into the world that diversely feature regular (but beautiful) lives made extraordinary. Art, I believe, is the only way to accomplish this. All my creative work is inspired by and aims to add to all the great work in the world.