Hot Summer Day
The seashells I’ve collected stink,
not one of them is pretty.
My cordial’s too warm to drink,
my sandwiches are gritty.
I’d build a fortress on the shore
but no one here will help.
I won’t go swimming any more
with jelly fish and kelp.
My face is hot, it’s getting pink.
I’ll turn into a peach.
I hate to grizzle, but I think
it’s time to leave the beach!
© Jenny Erlanger
Although I have many positive memories of the many Christmases I spent as a child on the Mornington Peninsula, eating sandwiches on the beach in the middle of summer, with no shade in sight, was not one of them. This poem comes from my volume of children’s poetry, Giggles and Niggles (Haddington Press, 2007)