Summer Is...

July 23, 2012
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Summer is freedom,
the absence of pencils
(as well as books)
Summer is
lazy mornings
stretching like a cat
sunlight pouring like lemonade
over your cotton sheets

Summer is salty-sweet
sweat dotting your face like
dew in the morning grass,
getting the tops of your feet wet
(where the flip-flops don't cover)

Summer is running
through a sprinkler,
screaming and leaping,
stepping into
the ocean, jumping into
a pool or a lake, the water
a delicious shock when your
body hits it

Summer is dip-dyed pink
shoulders and cheeks
that fade into a soft brown
like toast,
and hair that turns light,
and arms that freckle

Summer is fireworks,
and picnics with punch
and sandwiches and egg salad,
and staying up late
just because your parents
haven't told you
you can't

Summer is freedom
Summer is salty-sweet
Summer is running
Summer is dip-dyed pink
Summer is fireworks
Summer is short
Summer is long

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dolphincrazy226 said...
Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm
There aren't many poems you can taste;) and this one's delicous.  It's difficult to use a lot of sensory descriptions (besides sight) without making it sound too weird or verbiose.  However, this poem adequately balanced all the sensory descriptions to give the perfect feel (and taste and smell and sound) of what summer is all about.  Carpe diem! (or at least until we have to go back to school) ;)
LifeInTechnicolour This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Aww thank you so much! :)
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