May Poetry Competition – Summertime

It’s easy this time, just a theme,
any length or rhyming scheme.
Even Janus with x-a, y-a
will have his chance to claim the day

It’s early here to call it Summer
and very late for it down unn’er.
But I’m the judge and that’s the rule
and lots of  entries would be cool.

Let loose the polymetric muse
all honest poets to confuse
but get your entry in real soon
the closing date’s the first of June.

Author: Low Wattage

Expat Welshman, educated (somewhat) in UK, left before it became fashionable to do so. Now a U.S. Citizen, and recent widower, playing with retirement and house remodeling, living in Delaware and rural Maryland (weekends).

18 thoughts on “May Poetry Competition – Summertime”

  1. I think my previous effort is equally appropriate here, but I will have another go! 🙂

  2. But should we even try to compete with George Gershwin?

    And the living is easy
    Fish are jumping
    The cotton is high
    Oh your daddys rich
    Your mamas good looking
    I said hush little baby
    Don’t you cry

    One of these mornings
    Youre bound to rise up singing
    Then you’ll spread your wings
    And take to the sky
    But til that morning
    Nothings going to harm you no
    With daddy and mama standing by

    (sweet summertime)
    And the living is easy
    (living is easy)
    Fish are jumping
    The cotton is high
    (sky high)
    Oh your daddys rich
    (your daddys rich)
    And your mamas good looking
    (your mamas good looking)
    I said hush little baby
    Don’t you cry

    Don’t you cry
    (don’t you cry)
    (sweet summertime)
    (sweet summertime)

  3. Janus: Or even Anon?

    Sumer is icumen in,
    Lhude sing cuccu!
    Groweþ sed and bloweþ med

    And springþ þe wde nu,
    Sing cuccu!
    Awe bleteþ after lomb,
    Lhouþ after calue cu.
    Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ,
    Murie sing cuccu!
    Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes þu cuccu;

    Ne swik þu nauer nu.

    Sing cuccu nu. Sing cuccu.
    Sing cuccu. Sing cuccu nu!

  4. As you can tell, I am more William McGonegall than Shakespeare but…….


    The barbie is, at last, alight
    Judicious use of napalm
    The coals are glowing cherry red
    Not a hair has come to harm

    The sausages are carbonized
    The peppers are well grilled
    The vegan’s veggie burger charred
    And the wine and beer are chilled

    The salad has been gently tossed
    Cracker packet rent asunder
    The wine and beer, they have been poured
    Oh crap, here comes the thunder!

  5. My entry:

    Come into the garden, Maud,
    There’s something you should see.
    I am here, just by the summerhouse,
    Or where is used to be!

    The roof has gone, the windows smashed,
    The chairs are soaking wet.
    The apple tree has fallen down
    And where’s the croquet set?

    Still never mind, the lawn’s awash,
    So not much chance to play.
    The garden party could be fun,
    It’s just a week away.

    Oh Maud, your glorious blooms, destroyed
    Your precious roses, bare.
    The petals blown away last night,
    Please darling, don’t despair.

    We’ll hold the party in the house,
    So no need for hysteria,
    With tables on the terrace,
    Once we’ve cleared it of wisteria.

    It really could be worse, my sweet,
    The marquee’s just been found.
    It blew into the Serpentine
    And only three were drowned.

  6. Ara: Looks like we have identified a common factor in the summertime 🙂

  7. Now good patrons how about a few more pomes? I spoke a little hasty about summer back on the 11th, it’s raining and blowing a gale from the North here, positively winter like.

  8. Re Janus’s #4, I must admit that I thought it was George’s wife Ira Gershwin ( 😉 ), who wrote the lyrics for Summertime. But, discretion being the better part of smartarsery, I thought I had better check. In fact it was somebody called DuBose Heyward who wrote the words though Ira is also given credit. Wonderful song.

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