jerry hughes

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An Aussie Summer - Poem by jerry hughes

The sun rises early.
'Bloody daylight saving.'
Birds fly. Grasses grow.
The Victa's primed and
splutters to life.

Johnny's off to play cricket.
Sarah's off to the beach.
Mum's making dinner.
Dad's mowing the lawn
and shooing off bees.

Next door awakes after
an all night party.
'Jesus, I'm still pissed'
His lament interrupted by
the flushing of the dunny.

A dog barks. A blue-tongue
uncomfortable with strangers
waddles into the hydrangers.

Midday. The sun's ablaze.
Mr Whippy's van circles.
Children run to it with
shiny coins and eyes.
The sounds of summer
punctuated by flies.

Early evening.
The kids return.
Johnny scored eighty
and took two wickets.
Sarah's red and glowing,
not only from the sun.

Mum's set the table
and prepared the tea.
Dad the silly bugger
was stung by a bee.


Comments about An Aussie Summer by jerry hughes

  • (7/27/2015 1:11:00 AM)

    Being a pommie I'm glad to read of Australian life... in someways much like ours. Good piece. (Report)Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (10/17/2014 9:07:00 AM)

    Hello Jerry, you have taken me right back. It was the Mr whippee van and the bumble bee that really made me laugh. I hear Mr whipppee every Sunday. Cheers (Report)Reply

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  • Mandi June (7/5/2012 10:59:00 AM)

    What a colorful and smile-provoking poem! (Report)Reply

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  • (7/9/2010 3:20:00 PM)

    A wonderful picture. Thanks! (Report)Reply

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  • (10/2/2009 6:01:00 AM)

    You are a poetical genius sir! A write as charming as the evening you describe. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/22/2009 8:13:00 AM)

    This is excellent Jerry. I love it. It sounds like a script written for Paul hogan. It is all so real about suburban Australia. 'The sounds of Summer punctuated by flies' such clever writing.....
    Karin Anderson
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  • Ashraful Musaddeq (5/21/2009 7:05:00 PM)

    Wonderful composition. Very interesting.
    Love it.
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  • (4/20/2009 9:16:00 PM)

    like listening to grandad tell tales
    in graphic meandering vividness...............John
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  • (11/18/2008 4:26:00 PM)

    Well how I can relate to this fun yet true poem. I lived in hot, horrible Blacktown in Sydney
    as a teenager and you are spot on. Loved it! Karin Anderson
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  • (11/18/2008 4:26:00 PM)

    Well how I can relate to this fun yet true poem. I lived in hot, horrible Blacktown in Sydney
    as a teenager and you are spot on. Loved it! Karin Anderson
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  • (6/2/2008 4:00:00 AM)

    Another one memorable with its lightness and lovely imagery - just so pleasant and easy to be digest and felt. A poem for pleasure. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/18/2008 6:03:00 PM)

    This must have been a summer long ago.
    I guess they are still the same.

    GW62
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  • (4/3/2008 7:30:00 PM)

    Ah, the feeling of summer. As hot and humid as it may get, you still gotta love it.

    Love and hugs,

    Amie
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  • (1/14/2008 11:50:00 AM)

    Great imagery and just so much detail went into this poem! I loved that Icould see the words as they poured out in front of me on the screen...
    Thanx for sharing your Aussie summer during a not so warm day of winter.
    ((SMile))
    Hope your Well
    Shelley
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  • (1/1/2008 6:49:00 PM)

    It's strange, you write with things so specific to Australia- the dunny etc, and yet the sentimet could reflect any summer in the world. Summer in Durban, same smiles, as for England. I love that something as simple as the season brings out peoples true qualities.
    I love your imagery and wish I could travel to Australia right now and have a summer, especially one like your poem. Sounds idyllic.
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  • Linda Ori (11/18/2007 1:30:00 AM)

    Always catches me off guard - this opposite season thing! Here we are looking forward to snow and ice and there you are enjoying summer. As beautifully written as a lazy summer day, complete with wonderful imagery, and touching all the senses. Jerry - this is a true gem!
    Linda :) mmmmmmmmmmmm!
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  • (11/16/2007 1:44:00 AM)

    Beautiful write about an Aussie Summer, enjoyed this very much.
    With love, (E ku`u ipo) Rosemary
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  • (11/12/2007 1:51:00 AM)

    I could feel the warmth from a distance. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/7/2007 9:13:00 AM)

    Love the vibrancy, humour and cultural flavour of this poem Jerry, - real life poetry, packed with original yet accessible imagery - love it! J x (Report)Reply

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  • (11/6/2007 2:14:00 AM)

    Melissa's absolutely right. You have the uncanny knack of capturing the essence of the Australian experience, while adding your own particular brand of humor to lightens and enliven the experience. In particular 'shiny coins and eyes' and 'blue-tongue uncomfortable with strangers waddles into the hydrangeas'.. Also 'Sarah's red and glowing, not only from the sun.'. One of your best. love, Allie xxxxxxxxxxxx (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 5, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, April 22, 2011


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