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A Summer Without A Sun

by Sandy M. Humphrey

There is a drumming of drops overhead
Day sixteen the weatherman declares
Rivers and creeks crest as teens seek dangerous thrills
Cars surf city streets on waves of urban oceans
It is as if the sun has taken a two-week
June vacation and left us all to wander
In the bleakness of the clouds left behind
Every once in awhile a ray peaks or winks
From the lofty back drop before disappearing

A postcard from Mr. Sunshine saying
“Hey having a great time wish you were here”
I would like to wrap myself in hibernation
A stack of books on my bedside table
Drinking sweet tea and lemonade
Napping during the day and watching
Old classic movies at night until
One morning the sun returns
All tan and rested with stories to tell
And a suitcase full of souvenirs
Then I could come out of hiding And bask in his Light


Author's Note: I think I will go to the movie and learn how to build an ark...gather animals, poets and friends two by two and look for the vacation spot of my long lost friend the sun.

Posted on 06/29/2007
Copyright © 2020 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 06/30/07 at 06:16 AM

Seems most of us were born with a chronic anxiety about the weather. Enjoyed this! Thanks.

Posted by Ashley Lane on 07/03/07 at 02:13 PM

I agree with El about this line: A postcard from Mr. Sunshine saying Hey having a great time wish you were here." Perfectly captures that frustration of grey days.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 07/05/07 at 05:50 PM

I would gladly give you part of our sun. We expect 104f today....Good write....Charlie

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 07/12/07 at 11:28 AM

Really fine personification of the sun in this one, Sandy. I hope the weather has finally broken over there - I know there was terrible flooding in Texas recently and I guess some of that affected you as well. Congrats on POTD! d:-)

Posted by Kyle Anne Kish on 07/12/07 at 04:02 PM

Sunshine, how we take it for granted when it is out and miss it when it's not. I loved your poem, especially the part about the postcard from Mr. Sunshine. Beautifully written. Congratulations on your POTD.

Posted by JD Clay on 07/12/07 at 04:08 PM

This is an interesting take on what some might call a disaster, but your lightheartedness comes shining through even if the sun is wearing shades. As sure as the earth keeps spinning, the next drought is headed your way. Lets just hope your muse is ready to tackle that. Congratulations on becoming The Soggy Bottom Poet Of The Day.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 07/12/07 at 05:34 PM

Congratulations for poem of the day Sandy....Charlie

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 07/13/07 at 02:39 AM

Congratulations on POTD, July 12, '07. Oh for some of that rain our way (but not the flooding thank you.) Think this is one of the best poems of yours I've read. Quite good!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/17/07 at 04:56 PM

LOL! Sounds like my three weeks of summer vacation I just returned from. More like a monsoon here though with a downpour usually in early afternoon. I like the sense of humour and descriptiveness here Sandy. Well done!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/26/10 at 11:17 PM

Even though this is a couple of years old, I can think of several regions in the country right now feeling the "drumming of drops overhead". This is timeless and yet classic in its approach and descriptions, outside and in. Thank you.

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