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Dog Days of Summer Per Brenda's Prompt

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Brenda Arledge's 27th Prompt

Brenda Arledge has done so many of us a favor mu encouraging us to write poetry, or to simply write a story based on a prompt. She has been a wonderful friend to us all by following our work and giving us feedback.

I have enjoyed writing poetry after so many years. Summer is the new prompt. Summer brought many memories back to me, as I loved summertime when I was a child and especially when I was a teenager. My best friend and I spent many many hours at the pool.

My family would go on picnics. My father would cook food on the grill. My mother made awesome potato salad. We always had plenty of food. We played baseball and when I was young we played on the playground. We swam, laughed and played.

I have written three types of poems based on summer.

Acrostic Poem

Sweating as the sun shines bright

Until the sun sets we will endure

Much we love about the sun’s light

Many happy memories made for sure

Each sweaty day is still a delight

Richly sun tanned our joy is pure

Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald

Summertime Sonnet

Summertime is when memories are made

Swimming, picnics and fun in the hot sun

Picnics with family we want to stay

Laughing and playing all day so much fun


Summer can be a wonderful good time

Swimming and diving is just so divine

Lying in the sun poolside is no crime

Suntans turning red is surely a sign


When I was a child I wanted to play

Each awesome picnic I wanted to stay

Sirius - Bright Star at Bottom of Hubble Photo

Sirius - Bright Star at Bottom of Hubble Photo

Dog Days of Summer

Heliacal rising of the Sirius star system

Watch the eastern horizon see it shine

Sirius no longer hiding behind the hot sun

The promise of a hot summer is just fine


The days are longer as summer heats up

Hellenistic astrology predicts a hot phase

Sirius the brightest star in the dark night

Lethargy, exhaustion with scorching days


The tilt of the earth makes days longer

Longer days are still never a shocker

Still loving to swim and play in the sun

Sunscreen a must for a son or a daughter


Fresh vegetables and fruit due to the sun

Watermelon a treat at a picnic for fun

Cooking hamburgers on backyard grills

Outside at dawn jogging or a quick run


Thunderstorms or drought in summer sun

Mad dogs, bad luck, sunburned till numb

Living each day with our air conditioning

The hottest days days are yet to come

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Dog Days of Summer Explained (with dogs)

Summer Poems

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 01, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

I appreciate your comments very much. I was happy to write a sonnet again, thanks to your instructions.

Blessings for you, Manatita!

manatita44 from london on September 01, 2021:

Wonderful Pamela. I thought Dog Days of Summer was probably the best. Covered the subject well.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2021:

Hi Lisa,

I am glad you enjoyed the poems, as I enjoyed writing them. Sorry to hear of summertime pros and cons in your life. I will check our your article.

Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you have. wonderful week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2021:

Hi Lora,

I am glad you have wonderful memories from those summer picnics. Those are some of my best childhood memories. I am glad yo enjoyed the poems.

I appreciate your very thoughtful comments.

I hope you have a great week.

Liza from USA on August 28, 2021:

What wonderful poems, Pamela. My experience of summer here in the US definitely has pros and cons. While born and raised in Malaysia, I'm used to being hot and humid. In the past article, I wrote how summer affected my skin. I'm still adjusting to the weather. Thanks for sharing your story, Pamela. Have a lovely weekend!

Lora Hollings on August 28, 2021:

This is such a wonderful collection of summer poems, Pamela. You really did an awesome job with this topic. I could certainly relate to many of the lines in your poems. I remember those family picnics so vividly and those days at the community pool! And of course, the big celebration on July fourth where many relatives would get together for a backyard barbecue and the long days playing raid with the neighborhood kids. Your warm article like the summer itself brings back these beautiful memories. I thank you for that.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Thank you for the review of the poems. I wanted each one to be a little different.

The nice thing is that so many people told me how it brought back their childhood memories of summer, and that is just awesome!

I enjoyed writing the poems as I guess I enjoy the challenge.

I appreciate all of your comments. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 28, 2021:

Pamela

Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your past summers.

Those were the days when we were younger.

In your acrostic poem you show us how we enjoy the sun from sunrise to sunset.

We sweat, we tan, we enjoy each moment.

You've written us another Sonnet called

"Summertime Sonnet."

In this one you remind us of those family picnics and fun we had out in the sun.

The swimming & being by a pool of water, ending up with a sunburn.

How we never wanted the day to end.

In " Dog Days of Summer" you explain these hot days of summer.

The reason they linger & the fun we have with each one.

Enjoying the fruit, the cookouts, and beating that heat for a quick jog in the morning.

Turning up that air conditioning as more days of heat are yet to come.

That video with the doggies was a cute way to explain the Dog Days of Summer.

I actually liked your acrostic poem the best.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Bill,

The summers of my youth are some of my best memories. We did have fun!

I'm glad you enjoyed thinking of those good memories. Thank you for your comments.

I hope you have a great weekend too!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 28, 2021:

Oh, the summers of our youth. We did have fun then, didn't we? Every single day brought a new adventure and new memories. Thanks for taking me back to happy times. Have a great weekend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

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I am glad you enjoyed the poems and that it brought back childhood memories. Also, I am glad you consider this a good response to Brenda's prompt.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good weekend!

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 28, 2021:

Excellent response to Brenda's word prompt, Pamela. I loved all the poems, but the sonnet is my favorite. Yes, it brought back childhood memories of the fun we used to have in summer. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I agree with your sentiments about what is good about summer. I am glad you recalled those precious memories.

I am glad you consider this to be an excellent to Brenda's prompt also. Your comments are always appreciated. Thank you so much.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 28, 2021:

Excellent response to the word prompt, with your meaningful, and well crafted poems. I enjoyed all of them, with a smile on my face. Summer season is always enjoyable, because it's the time to visit native place, meet family members, and so on. Your poem brought back those precious memories.

As always, you have excelled in your creativity. Thank you for sharing!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Rozlin,

I am so glad liked the poems and consider this a good response to Brenda's prompt.

Thank you for you comments. Have a good weekend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad you enjoyed reading the poems and that you consider this a good response to Brenda's prompt.

I appreciate all of your nice comments. I hope you have a very good weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

I am glad you enjoyed the poems. They are enjoyable to write, with the sonnet being the most difficult.

I would be happy to cover that topic as I don't think I ever have in the past. I hope your mother will be okay.

I appreciate your comments. Have a great weekend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2021:

Hi Greg,

We ate watermelon at my Grandma's house too! I am glad you have such good memories.

Thank you sharing such a good memory and for all your comments. Have a great weekend!

Rozlin from UAE on August 27, 2021:

Hi, Pamela. Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt. I liked all your poems on summer. I too liked your summer sonnet of all the three poems.

Rosina S Khan on August 27, 2021:

Pamela, I loved all the poetry very much. I especially liked the narrative poem. But all are well-crafted. A beautiful response to Brenda's word prompt, "Summer". Thanks for the entertainment this early morning.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 27, 2021:

You provide quite a bonus here with several to choose among. My favorite is the narrative but they are all expressive and well crafted.

On your health topics, I was wondering if you have covered (brain in particular) aneurysms. If not, would you consider it? My mother is undergoing testing for one.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 27, 2021:

Hi Pamela - great poems, one and all. The sonnet was great, of course, but mention of watermelon in canicular days brought to mind vivid memories of summertime at Grandma's house, family all around, eating melon right down to the pink part of the rind, spitting seeds in the yard, listening to cicadas provide the evening orchestra. Loved all that. Nice work, and thanks for putting the memories there for me.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 27, 2021:

Hi John,

I can always depend on you for a comment. I appreciate any comment you make, as usual.

I enjoyed writing a sonnet, even though it is a bit more difficult. '

Thank you for your comments, as always. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 27, 2021:

I liked all your summer poetry, Pamela, but especially the sonnet. Well done.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 27, 2021:

Hi Cheryl.

That saying is new to me, so thank you. A lot of old sayings have some truth to them.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a good weekend!

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 27, 2021:

i grew up being told that during dog days if a dog licked your wound it would heal.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 27, 2021:

Hi Liz,

Since our recent days are so different due to the virus, I think the old memories feel good. I am glad the poems brought back great memories for you.

Thank you so much for your comments. Have a wonderful weekend!

Liz Westwood from UK on August 27, 2021:

These poems bring back great memories. On a dull and cold English summer's day it reminds me of what summer should be like.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 27, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I think I liked sweating more when I was younger. LOL!

I am glad you liked the poems. The sonnet it the most difficult to write, so I am glad you liked it. I loved picnics as a child too.

I appreciate your comments, my friend.

Much love and blessing to you too!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 27, 2021:

Pamela, I enjoyed reading all of the poems, but the sonnet was my favorite. It reminded me of childhood picnics. After reading everyone's wonderful responses, I now believe I have always underestimated summer. Sweating can be enjoyable, believe it or not!! ;)

Blessings and Lots of Love to you!!

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