Summer Sunshine

The sun shone today
And the whole world came out to play

Boys in flip-flops half-heartedly chasing Frisbees
And bees buzzing dreamily over dazzling flowers
Slow-motion rowers gliding under weeping willows
And swans drifting lazily in their rippled wake

Girls in bikinis slow-roasting like chickens
And students with unopened files on their laps
Entwined couples whispering under shady trees
And friends in tangled knots on vermillion grass

Mums in sun hats making bubbling conversation
And overheated kids exploding like popcorn
Engrossed bookworms sitting on portal benches
And swaying tramps thirsty for a drop of kindness

Dads in shades kicking footballs, beer in hand
And panting dogs on the neighbourhood gossip trail
Joggers and bikers glistening with beaded satisfaction
And me, watching and waiting, writing and wondering …

Today summer unfurled
And playing was the way of the world

Wayne Visser © 2007


Wishing Leaves: Favourite Nature Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together nature poems by Wayne Visser, celebrating the diversity, beauty and ever-changing moods of our planet. The anthology includes many old favourites like “I Think I Was a Tree Once” and “A Bug’s Life”, as well as brand new poems like “Monet’s Dream” and “The Environmentalist”. Then as we turned our faces to the moon / Our hands entwined, our hearts in sync, in tune / We felt the fingers of the silken breeze / And made our wishes on the falling leaves / A gust of wind set off a whispered sigh / Among the trees that leaned against the sky.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.