Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Summer in the Air" ("not a cento poem poem")

I could not wait to post this!  A "not a cento poem poem" in response to the latest prompt from We Write Poems.  The title and the lines are taken from Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" - truly a book for all times.  If I could I'd post all of it.  "The words were summer on the tongue.  The wine was summer caught and stoppered."  A great book.

~ Summer in the Air ~

Time is so strange and life is twice as strange

You're only you, here, now-the present you

Some people turn sad awfully young

Old people never were children

You do things and don’t watch

Shadows running around in the air

Why not let nature show you a few things?

But you got to look at grapes as well as watermelons

Cutting grass and pulling weeds can be a way of life, son

You’ve time to seek and find.  No person ever died that had a family

This fine first cool white snow would never melt,

 but live a thousand summers

Live for the Love of it,


  1. Wonderful. Lovely. A fitting tribute to Ray Bradbury. It makes me want to read Dandelion Wine, which I'm sad to say I've never read. Thank you.


  2. Thank you very much, Richard. I envy you: you're going to taste "Dandelion Wine" for the first time.. Enjoy!

  3. How appropriate to use Ray Bradbury. This works really well. I love the way this prompt makes the prose stand out.

    1. Thank you, Annette. I was so happy to revisit that book. Made such a big impression on me when I first read it.

  4. Ray Bradbury, what a perfect choice for this. Love it.

  5. Absolutely, Happy-Sasha!! This complied magically!! I'm going to need to look for this book...great words!

  6. Thank you, Hannah! This is a wonderful book, no Martians this time around, but full of magic. Just beautiful.

  7. Thanks for the intro, and for a splendid not a cento poem poem.

    One line I hope was tongue in cheek! "Old people never were children" - I'm old, and am still a child.

  8. Thank you, Viv. No, it wasn't tongue in cheek: it was one of the "discoveries" a boy made. This is a kid's perspective.
    And you are a young child, Viv!

  9. So many good books so little time. If my eldest were a reader of such I'd set this in front of him...though I think he, as a young father is finding out and doing a nice job of being a good 'Daddy'.
    I think I didn't quite get this prompt, but here is my offering:

  10. True..time IS an issue, never enough time.. I'm glad my "not a cento poem" worked out, but frankly I didn't have to do much: this whole book does read like a poem.
    Thank you, Jules!