Don’t they look relaxed? We should all be so lucky, enjoying the summer sun and taking it easy. For today’s prompt, we are going to use some song lyrics about summer as jumpstarts for new pieces.
“Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin”
“Summer Skin” by Death Cab for Cutie. This verse uses some common images of summer (long shadows, swings, swimming). Make a list of images that you remember from childhood summers or from now. Try to incorporate them into a poem that is more than nostalgic.
“I’m walking on sunshine, woah! And don’t it feel good.”
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. Everyone knows this cloyingly bouncy pop song. Try and think of some other intangible thing that you could walk on and put it into a poem!
“Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom
July is dressed up and playing her tune
When I come home from a hard day’s work
And you’re waiting there, not a care in the world”
“Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts. Anyone who grew up in the 70s knows this song. What are your perfect ingredients for a romantic summer evening? Maybe not jasmine or screen doors, or plates for two…but I’m sure you have one. Write about a your idea of an ideally romantic summer day.