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The Summer Wind

Updated on November 4, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The hot July breeze kisses faces in the heat

A mental snow cone vision; what a cool treat

Summer is here and there seems no end

Blowing in, on the summer wind


Sweat, sunburn, shoe soles hot on the asphalt

Oh to have a cold watermelon; a dash of salt

Slice it up and share it with a special friend

A cool blast, in the summer wind



Lemonade and sweet ice tea, over crushed ice

Add some lemon wedges, that’s oh so nice

Drink it in tall glasses again and again

A welcome relief, in this summer wind



A big slice of apple pie topped with ice cream

Just the thing to make a young boy beam

All for you; not a bite to so much as lend

Pure enjoyment, in the summer wind



Green grass growing along a rippling stream

A baited fishing pole; a young boy’s dream

Moving slow so the day does not quickly end

Fishing for trout, in the summer wind



Sun's beating down; heading out for the creek

 Bunch of us kids been just a waitin' all week

 Swingin' out on that rope where the water bends

 Blowin' all about, in the summer wind


Summer’s hot; yet there are so many cool things

Kids always so exited to see what summer brings

They wait in anxious anticipation once again

For whatever blows in, on the summer wind

Copyright WBrown2010. All Rights Reserved

© 2010 Wayne Brown


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @PADDYBOY60...They're hot but there are some good parts! Thanks for the good words. WB

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      7 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I always loved those Texas summers. Thanks for the memories.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @lalesu....I am not sure any of us are where we can wade in the creeks anymore. There was something about that time in life that we just cannot seem to regain even if we can get to the creek. Maybe it was an innocence of the age that is missing. It was just a magic time in life when there were no cares beyond the moment. A beautiful time....Thanks for the good words! WB

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      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Ahhh, where I live today I have no creeks to walk barefoot through, but I can feel my heels churn up softly, silted memories, and while reading I crossed back over bridges where my heart was homegrown. Thank you, Wayne Brown.

      ...and Charlie, your reputation proceeds itself; I had to check the picture to see if it was actually fruit you were referring to. ~ Laura

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus...mmmmmmmm....what's for supper grandpa? WB

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      8 years ago

      Man those are some sweet looking melons up there, and peaches too, I think. Good one WB, now I am hungry for catfish and watermelon.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Poppy...Lots of us have the same memories of those young years. That's good! WB

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      8 years ago

      Lovely memories Wayne. There is no swimming hole in my past, but there is a swimming pool in my backyard. Lots of memories there too!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Joy56....Glad you enjoyed it. Kids don't seem to notice the heat, just the adults. I guess that is why that time of life seems so great...totally focused on fun! Thanks for the read and the good comments! WB

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      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed the words you wrote, and your videos..... i had not heard that song before, it was calming. We never really have mad hot weather here, so could not imagine what it would be like to live with intense heat....

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @blake4d...Those were probably the most carefree times of our lives. And it was also a period of "first times" which you generally remember as well. Whatever it was, there was a magic and there's a certain romance in looking back upon those salad days. Thanks for the great comments, Blake! WB

      @Loves To Read....Isn't it amazing how much we are all alike even though we are separate by thousands of miles and vast bodies of water. Human nature is like music...a common thread. Glad I could recreate some of those memories for you! WB

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      Loves To Read 

      8 years ago

      Great poem Wayne, although from OZ we did much the same things here. Swinging out into the rivers,eating cold watermelon. Having the cool night breeze blowing in your face etc. These are very nostalgic memories so thank you. I loved the video clips also.

      God Bless

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      8 years ago

      Reminds me of flashbacks to my toddler childhood in Louisville, Kentucky where I was born WB. Kinda brought a tear to my eye, there is nothing like eating fresh watermelon from the patch sitting in the summer in the bluegrass waiting for the sunset or a summer storm to rise up. Just before sundown lighting bugs rise up by the thousands around you in the woodland areas, like an army of fairy sprites all around you then suddenly go silent and stop buzzing in unison as the sun goes down. You captured the feel of that country summertime, I love Arizona, but for a moment I wanted to be back with my kith and kin where I was born. Very cool.

      Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser...go right ahead...their virtual and low-fat! LOL! Thanks for the good words. I am glad you enjoyed the summer heat with me! WB

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Great, successful poem. I could feel the heat and the summer wind and if I allowed myself, I would have taste all those yummy refreshments.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @akirchner...Thank you. I had a lot of memories from the moment I started writing this one. I guess that is why it seemed too easy. Thanks for the read! WB

      @samiaali....Glad you enjoyed it and that it brought back some good memories for you. I appreciate the read and the good words. WB

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful poem reminding us of the wonderful feelings and memories of summertime. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you Wayne Brown.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great job of recreating memories of summertime and the summer wind, Wayne. It all goes by too quickly.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Watermelon has a way of finding young know that Ken. Even in the concrete jungles. I drank a lot of lemonade myself but sweet tea was on the table down south on a daily basis. I am really glad this poem was well received. It teaches me not to always listen to my gut. Thanks for the great comments! WB

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      8 years ago

      The Summer Wind and heat, I could feel it in this piece, along with the juicy watermelon dripping down the side of my mouth. Sitting on the front porch sipping that sweet tea would be just fine for me as I watch the sun go down and the summer breeze blowing on my face. I have a few of these memories to. Even we had watermelon slices in the big concrete city as a boy. Mostly though it was lemonade rather than sweet tea, but I would loved to have had it when I was a boy. Great work Wayne and to think you were hesitant about posting this one. I am glad you did for us all to enjoy. Great videos as well WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @maven101...Glad you enjoyed it Larry. I thought the song kind of set the mood of the poem moreso than the original by Frank. You can find quite a bit of Meaeleine Peyroux on YouTube. Thanks for the read and the comment! WB

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      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wayne...Thanks for the trip down memory lane...and for introducing me to a singer unknown to me, Madeleine Peyroux, singing a song I had always associated with Frank Sinatra...I love this jazz rendition...

      Those innocent days of summer, so full of discovery and freedom...What great memories to have stored up for those times when we are challenged with life's trials...Thanks for this joyous little poem of reminisce...Larry

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...I wrote this one pretty quick, in fact I wrote it so quick I was almost hesitant to post it for fear that it was marginal. Thanks for the reassurance! WB

      @Ken R. Abell...Thanks, Ken and I am sure your relatives will thank me! LOL! WB

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      Ken R. Abell 

      8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Stirred up lots of good images & memories. Makes me want to go to a family reunion.

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      8 years ago

      You brought the summer wind in all it's sweetness across my screen - thanks for the memories. I especially like the lemonade and sweet ice tea - oh and the watermelon too and spit the seeds! LOL. I love this :)

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @alphonsians93...Thank you and thanks so much for taking the time to read my poem. I appreciate you great comment! WB

      @Tom Whitworth...I was thinking about the same sort of things when I wrote this Tom. Life sure was good back then. I do miss those carefree days! Thanks for the read and the good comments. WB

      @prasetio30...Come see us! Down here is Texas, we just deep-fry ourselves all the way to September. But every once in a while we get a really great thunderstorm that cools it off and puts on a light show. It's great but not as great as being a kid in the summer time. Thanks for the read and the great comments! WB

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love summer and you presenting this well, Wayne. Lemonade and sweet ice tea, over crushed ice are the best drink in Summer...hahaha. I wish I could go to US and felt the real summer. Thanks for share this beautiful poem. ~prasetio

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Great memories in your verse. I went wading just last night in the creek where I fished in my youth, and it was great!!!!!!

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      8 years ago from Cebu Philippines

      This is a very informative hub and you are right on everything you said!


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