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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Poetry Friday--Goodbye July!


The summer is just whizzing by and Monday it will be August. August means the summer is starting to wind down. And before we know it school will begin again. Still, August has its attractions. John Updike highlights just a few:
August

The sprinkler twirls.
The summer wanes.
The pavement wears
Popsicle stains.

The playground grass
Is worn to dust.
The weary swings
Creak, creak with rust.

The trees are bored
With being green.
Some people leave
The local scene

And go to seaside
Bungalows
And take off nearly
All their clothes.

from A Child's Calendar [J 811 UPD]

Enjoy the rest of your summer! Start off by heading down to Louisiana to Reflections on the Teche where Margaret is hosting the Round-Up this week.

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    1. Guaranteed to get a snicker-snort from an elementary school audience!

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  2. Fun poem. I'm especially fond of the ideas of the pavement wearing popsicle stains and trees bored with being green. I was familiar with Updike's poem, January, but didn't know he had a published calendar of poems (and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman!). Click! Add that to the shopping cart! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Actually, the book was published in 1965 with illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. It was published again in 1999 with illustrations by Trinia Schart Hyman. We have both editions in our collection! Plus, the poem, "August," can be found in the The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America edited by Donald Hall.

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  3. Such a vivid picture this paints! Hard to believe my kids will be back in school as early as the 15th!

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  4. Best ending I read all day! :-)

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  5. Diane, this poem is great. August is the month when everyone thinks they need to get their fill of summer before it moves on.
    The trees are bored
    With being green.
    Some people leave
    The local scene (Time for Summerscapes). The old card is precious and one I have never seen. Shall I place it in the Summerscapes' gallery compliments of you?

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    1. Carol, the postcard is in the public domain, however, if you want to give proper credit, it was posted to Flickr by Sent from the Past. You may enjoy browsing through their Flickr collection!

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  6. Interesting that the trees get bored with being green. As much as I hate the heat, I do love the green.

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  7. I love that book! Someone borrowed my copy, and I haven't seen it in a long time...

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  8. Oh this gave me several chuckles! Especially the ending. Thank you!

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  9. Lovely. Made me hanker for summer (it's coooold winter here in Australia) and, like others, I giggled at those closing lines.

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