It's been one of those sultry days
that summer sometimes brings
when the sunshine burns intensely
with heat haze shimmerings
and though it's now past five o'clock
there's little respite here
so I feel quite contented
to pour a nice cold beer
And with mock-orange fragrance
heady in the air
sit here a little longer
the evening sun to share

By and by the shadows
of our north-facing garden
will hide the sun as to the West
it sets to beg a pardon
but I'll not fret and raise a glass
as tomorrow it's forecast
for lots more glorious weather
as this heatwave's set to last


Photo – Jempics

Living in shorts

So I sat in the garden
and it felt very hot
which sat well with me
as, content with my lot
I am best in the sunshine
and the summer sun
living in shorts ’til
the cooler times come

And truthfully if it
was always like this
I’d be in my element
living in bliss
Yes, the rain when it comes
is welcome at night
but the days they are best
with no clouds in sight

And if temperatures stayed
in the thirties all year
I know that I would
be happy right here
I’d live life in shorts
throw long trousers away
for it would be summer
most every day

So keep shining sunshine
high temperatures stay
keep this man happy
on each summer day
For I’m not one for Autumn
or Winter or Spring
but a child of Summer
in sunshine to sing


Photo – Jempics 

The Circle III

The Circle, a walk
the morning quite warm
and three of us here for a change
showing others the view
made it all seem like new
though the route I did not rearrange

The ambient warmth
gave an inkling of what
the heat would be like later on
but this morning the breeze
was cool round our knees
as the sunshine above us it shone

And two hours later
we paused for a drink
the circular six miles complete
refreshing the rest
from a walk that’s the best
despite going out in the heat


Photo – Bezza Croucher

An ode to Summer

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Momentum carries me forward
into the heat of the day
for a warmth that summer belongs to
with feeling mere words cannot say
It’s the season I always long for
Its comfort a tangible thing
Its presence to hold and cling onto
for a smile and a reason to sing


Photo – Jempics

Too hot for the beach

It’s too hot for the beach I think
so in the garden I will stay
relaxing in the sunshine
on this August Saturday

It’s closing in on ninety
and though cooler by the sea
the thought of walking down there
is a bit too much for me

So I’ll sit here in the sunshine
with ice lollies close at hand
and see more of this summer
which has turned out so grand


Photo – Jempics

Ever present

The sun has shone for several weeks
and England’s seen no raining
But I’ve been on the beach most days
so you’ll not hear me complaining

A child of summer, this for me
is perfect beyond measure
Blue skies every day and warmth
revealing summers’ treasure

May to June and then July
absent precipitation
Changing colours, grass and more
across the Southern nation

The beach hut’s open every day
more rays there to capture
Watching as the sun goes down
for sunset’s daily rapture

And though the breeze is cool sometimes
With colours effervescent
up in the blue with fortitude
the sun is ever present


Photo – South Lancing Beach huts – Jempics

Filling Summer’s boots

And, as they promised, sunshine
burned in the sky today
A cloudless blue spread overhead
with warmth akin to May

Yet it is still mid-April
several more months still
for warmth to build to sultry heat
and summer’s boots to fill

It lifts the spirit, days like these
mere words cannot portray
the pleasure that a warm day brings
in every single way


Photo – Jempics


I was only away for just over a week
But that’s enough to get used to the heat
And enough now I’m home to feel at a loss
And that somehow things aren’t quite complete
It was tangible there, like something you touched
and present by day and at night
But back home in England, there’s a chill in the air
even though the sunshine’s still bright

Part of me thinks I could live with a summer
that in essence is with me all year
But I know I’d miss Sussex, the place I call home
as I really do love living here
Yes, tangible heat all year round would be great
But of course there’s always a price
For there’s nothing to better the green I have here
In Sussex, my home, which is nice



One of those days

It’s been one of those days
when the lingering heat
makes everyone glisten
from heads to their feet
And there’s nothing to do
when the weather’s like this
Though I know that for many
it borders on bliss

But I’m not complaining
(don’t get me wrong here)
As one can always cool down
with a really cold beer



Summer in a day


Blazing the heat as though it were Greece
the sunshine on Sussex today
But a breeze from the sea kept the temperature down
torridity there to allay

The beach like a magnet attracted the throngs
To its shoreline they came in their droves
And pale English bodies grew pinker as they
got down there and shed all their clothes

There wasn’t a cloud to be seen in the sky
it was blue from dawn through to dusk
the air full of warmth as the nighttime approached
with a heady fragrance of musk

And all of this summer seen here in a day
allows each one of us to forget
that this time last week we were still in our coats
when it was miserable, chilly and wet


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