Everyone says, very accurately, that laughter is the best medicine to help see us through difficult times. An equally effective antidote, however, can be found in that funny luminous orb which occasionally (but not often) decides to show its face in Britain. Sunday was thankfully one of those days, and although I have a difficult relationship with the more rural parts of the world – generally preferring somewhere more lively with people going about their business – I was happy to write in the garden with a cool drink. I had opened my notebook with thoughts of my summer poetry project – described in “Accordion” – firmly in my mind. I found myself once again needing to prove to myself that my poetry could be half-decent, especially if I was going to spend my summer focusing on it, so I gradually scribbled some verse while my family watched on. What did I use as inspiration? The sunshine, of course, and specifically how it was lifting my spirits with its warm embrace. You can read the poem below – just bear in mind that it was composed hurriedly and may not be of as high a quality as something more considered. This time I can’t hide behind the fact that it isn’t finished yet!
I hope you like it – it has certainly made me feel even more eager to begin the poems that lie ahead:
I never thought that much of you
Your green and pleasant land.
But then I see a different side
When I am in your hand.
I feel your rays within my veins
I feel your tender touch
Your beams do dance upon my skin
Loving me so much.
You let us share you with our friends
Unite our lives as one.
As we forget our small divides
To bask in summer sun.
And though you do go in again
The memories remain
Like bright and vivid Polaroids
Unblemished by rain.
And when you are not in the sky
I save you a place
In my mind so that you can
Still shine upon my face.