Friday, 16 July 2010
Forget school, and scratchy woolen uniforms, and the alarm clock going off too early.
Here there is only the pleasure of simple things:
soft, slouchy clothes to wear
and bare feet,
sometimes rubbed down by sand
iced tea by the pool
and cold watermelon, a triangle held in the hand
with juice running down to your elbow
we eat with the appetite of birds, or babies,
little and often,
every meal an outdoor picnic
The sky is cloudless blue every day,
no threat of rain to chase us inside
and interrupt our sun-worship
We give thanks for dependable breezes
and other cooling things:
pool and sea and ice lollies
Not to mention chilled white wine
sangria, the local specialty
and cold beer, of course
And the very best thing?
(besides friends to share the fun
and a laughing, teasing father)
Lots of good books
and plenty of time to read them.
Sending out happiest high-summer birthday greetings to Christina . . .
who has made an art of simple things.