Poetry Friday: Summertime

Bed in SummerIt’s summer and the weather is so warm and beautiful everyday that I couldn’t help but think of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem about going to bed in summer! I always identified with this poem when I was a kid (what kid doesn’t, really?) because it’s so awful to have to go to bed when the sun is still up and you could still be out playing! I love that Stevenson so perfectly caught that feeling in this poem!

Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

At least in summer I didn’t have to turn on a flashlight or lamp to read in secret in my room at night! It’s much easier to hide a book fast than to turn off a light and hide a book before an adult catches you! Still, going to bed when the sun hadn’t set yet was never fun.

Check out what everyone else is sharing today at the poetry round-up over at The Miss Rumphius Effect!

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