Summer Poem

The poem tries to describe the changes that occur as summer comes to an end and how I respond to it emotionally.

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I am from Sri Lanka, an Asian country. We don't have separate seasons but bright sun throughout the year. However, as I have read a lot about summer in literature, the poem makes me visualize...

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The Summer's End

Pat A. Fleming © more by Pat A. Fleming

Published: August 2018

The familiar rhythm of the cricket's chirps
Create the soundtrack for each day,
Echoing Summer's end
And that Autumn's on her way.

The stifling heat of the summer sun
Is now tempered by the clouds.
Those fluffy, cotton August clouds,
That soft breezes push about.

Shadows falling everywhere
As the sun plays peek-a-boo.
Losing her strength with each new day,
A sure sign that Summer is through.

As the lazy, care-free summer days,
Reluctantly draw to an end.
Excitement grows for what's ahead,
As school days and the Fall begin.

And no matter how the years may pass,
And how old I come to be,
I'll always love this time of year,
As it holds such fond memories

Of sitting with my childhood friends,
Recalling all our fun
While running, swimming and riding bikes
Beneath the summer sun.

And sharing all our hopes and dreams
As the future stirs us on.
Knowing as we sit on that late, August eve,
Summer's ending, but her memory lives on.

But there's also a haunting sadness sometimes
That I feel when those dark shadows fall.
And that my greatest adventures in life
Are just memories, now aroused by those sweet cricket calls.

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  • Kumari Weerasooriya by Kumari Weerasooriya
  • 2 months ago

I am from Sri Lanka, an Asian country. We don't have separate seasons but bright sun throughout the year. However, as I have read a lot about summer in literature, the poem makes me visualize the season. "Haunting sadness" and "dark shadows" remind the arrival of winter, which symbolizes the old age and death of humans.

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