Summer Poems - Poems For Summer - The Summer I Was Sixteen

Poems about summer. You can read the best summer poems. Browse through all summer poems.


The Summer I Was Sixteen - Poem by Geraldine Connolly

The turquoise pool rose up to meet us,
its slide a silver afterthought down which
we plunged, screaming, into a mirage of bubbles.
We did not exist beyond the gaze of a boy.

Shaking water off our limbs, we lifted
up from ladder rungs across the fern-cool
lip of rim. Afternoon. Oiled and sated,
we sunbathed, rose and paraded the concrete,

danced to the low beat of "Duke of Earl".
Past cherry colas, hot-dogs, Dreamsicles,
we came to the counter where bees staggered
into root beer cups and drowned. We gobbled

cotton candy torches, sweet as furtive kisses,
shared on benches beneath summer shadows.
Cherry. Elm. Sycamore. We spread our chenille
blankets across grass, pressed radios to our ears,

mouthing the old words, then loosened
thin bikini straps and rubbed baby oil with iodine
across sunburned shoulders, tossing a glance
through the chain link at an improbable world.


Comments about The Summer I Was Sixteen by Geraldine Connolly

  • Rookie Susan Christiansen (9/29/2008 1:46:00 PM)

    Hello! I loved the imagery. It brought back many memories of some of my much younger days. Beautiful! Sue (Report) Reply

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Rookie Babasaheb Salve (9/1/2006 4:11:00 AM)

    beautiful piece, keep moving ahead
    baba (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  3. 3. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  4. 4. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  5. 5. Summer , Alexander Pope
  6. 6. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. Summer , John Clare
  9. 9. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  12. 12. To Summer , William Blake
  13. 13. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  14. 14. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  15. 15. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  17. 17. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  18. 18. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  19. 19. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  20. 20. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  21. 21. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  22. 22. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  24. 24. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  25. 25. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  26. 26. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  27. 27. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  28. 28. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  29. 29. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  30. 30. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  31. 31. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  32. 32. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  33. 33. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  34. 34. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  36. 36. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  37. 37. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  38. 38. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  40. 40. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  41. 41. Summer Evening , John Clare
  42. 42. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Summer Images , John Clare
  45. 45. On The Idle Hill Of Summer , Alfred Edward Housman
  46. 46. Summer Song , George Barker
  47. 47. Summer , Amy Lowell
  48. 48. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
  49. 49. The Summer I Was Sixteen , Geraldine Connolly
  50. 50. Late Summer Fires , Les Murray
[Report Error]