I opened the door and peeked out.
‘My God! What is that?’
It’s only June! Already the sun is
Here in full force.
Bolt the doors, shutter the windows.
Soon it will be too hot to bear.
Hell has come to us in no uncertain terms.
When and if I go outside,
My eyes will squint shut.
My skin will burn. Water will come out of
Places of my body that
I do not wish it to.
Now that the sun is shining bright,
Children will frolic in the open air.
They will have to be managed.
Workers will pound.
Machines will whir. Odd music will intrude.
All those sounds will have to be blocked,
Or muffled, at the very least.
It is all going to be overwhelming.
How is one to bear up under this
Season that Hades has delivered?
I tell you, I can only grieve for our
Well-sprinkled earth as it follows
That soul poaching orb of summer.
Ode to the Summer Sun: Audio
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Something to Ponder About Life
Joyce Grenfell was a British comedian, actress, writer, satirist and musician. She passed away in 1979, but her work is still very popular. I urge you to look her up and enjoy her humor. What she had to say is still funny, current and true to life. Let me know what you find. skp