What does summer feel like?

27 May

I am lying on my back under the lilac tree.  The sun is hot on my face, pricking my skin, like a thousand tiny needles.  Heat is pouring into me like sand from a jug, weighing me down.  I can see the inside of my closed eyelids, thin, pink lines race across the bright orange glow.  Intense flashes of light make my eyes hurt as the sun filters through the purple flowers.  The grass feels cool under the palm of my hands and slightly damp.  Every so often, the flashes become too intense, and I sit up and open my eyes.  The world is drenched in deeply saturated technicolour.  The grass is creme de menthe, the flowers are bubblegum pink and Lego yellow.  The sky is a deep, clear metallic blue, criss crossed with fluffy white vapour trails.

In the distance I can hear cheering from the football stadium, the sounds rising and falling on the breeze, sometimes obscured by the hum of mowers and shrieks of children playing.  Somewhere, an ice cream van is playing its tinkling tune, urging us to come and buy.  I lie back down and close my eyes, the sounds washing over me and the heat pinning me to my patch of grass under the tree.  I could stay here forever.

This is my interpretation of the DIY writing workshop prompt ‘Summer’.


20 Responses to “What does summer feel like?”

  1. Very Bored in Catalunya 27/05/2010 at 11:33 am #

    Wow, very good description of an English summer’s day (well one when the sun shines anyway). xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/05/2010 at 1:56 pm #

      Doesn’t it always shine?

  2. TheMadHouse 27/05/2010 at 1:02 pm #

    I would be more than happy to join you!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/05/2010 at 1:56 pm #

      There’s a little spot, right here. Come and lie down.

  3. jfb57 27/05/2010 at 2:11 pm #

    A lovely evocative piece! I can see, hear & smell of those English summer things!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/05/2010 at 2:13 pm #

      Thanks. Short and sweet this week.

  4. Peabee72 27/05/2010 at 2:57 pm #

    oh me too….can we play dizzy ducks and stay forever? x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/05/2010 at 4:46 pm #

      if you like x

  5. Nickie@Typecast 27/05/2010 at 3:07 pm #

    Love this Vic… I was there with you 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/05/2010 at 5:11 pm #

      Here… *passes an ice lolly*

  6. Michelloui 27/05/2010 at 3:45 pm #

    This was like I was there! Fantastic description, the look the sounds… really great, succinct writing. I really enjoyed this.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/05/2010 at 5:10 pm #

      thank you, short and sweet this week, not so much burbling on…

  7. Deer Baby 27/05/2010 at 5:39 pm #

    I love all the colours you describe – creme de menthe green and lego yellow and bubblegum pink. Great! I really felt it.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/05/2010 at 6:15 pm #

      I was rather pleased with Lego yellow.

  8. Heather Davis 27/05/2010 at 11:29 pm #

    I love your descriptions of all the colours. So emotive. Really lovely x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/05/2010 at 1:35 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

  9. marketingtomilk 28/05/2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Just gorgeous. This captures everything i adore about summer.
    summer come back!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/05/2010 at 1:35 pm #

      It’s just a bit too windy today for lying on the lawn.

  10. porridgebrain 30/05/2010 at 2:42 pm #

    What on earth do you mean that you didn’t do it as well?!

    This is BRILLIANT. Beautiful and vibrant and alive and flowing with meaning and gorgeous metaphors.

    I love it. Now shut it you and go write some more x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 30/05/2010 at 7:10 pm #

      Yeah yeah yeah. Whatever. As I believe the youth of today say.

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