I have begun to notice the temperature rise quite early this year. As it gets to 20 degrees C this weekend (in April!) it is clear that we are going to have another record breaking year. Mixed in with the warmth we have more rain than usual with an extremely wet March, according to the weather people. So my ‘Nearly Summer poem’ is a kind of warning that milder weather is not necessarily a good thing. It’s a warning.
Feel it getting warm,
And bees begin to swarm.
Spring feels different,
Windy and wet,
Hope we don’t get
Flooded quite yet.
A booming sound.
Still seems different,
Warm too soon.
Sometimes the rain
Feels like a monsoon.
Less crops grow.
A very hot summer
On its way, though.
Yes it’s lovely
Weeks of fun
Basking and playing
In the burning Sun.
But it can mean
Heat stroke and water unclean.
With sewage and grime
Sunburn and famine
For a very long time.
Enjoy your Summer,
It’s nearly here.
But remember for many
It’s a time to fear.
Thank you for reading my ‘Nearly Summer poem’. I hope that it got you thinking about how vulnerable our planet has become because of climate change. Here is a story I wrote imaging what it might be like if global warming keeps going, entitled Caused By Climate Change.
14 thoughts on “Nearly Summer – Poem”
Interesting poem. Love the warm weather minus the humidity here in the US. “For many, it’s a time to fear” This week in NYC we experienced temperatures averaging 87 degrees F. Global warming has a lot to do with the unfavorable feels that summer brings. This is why I love the Caribbean; its cool hot.
An important reminder, Jamie! This past week, we’ve had two or three days where the temperature hit 30C. Ridiculous for April, to be honest. And, this coming Tuesday the forecast is 4C and SNOW! Yikes. The weather patterns are indeed erratic and worrisome. I’m especially concerned that we’re starting to see bud break on the trees and now they will freeze again. This is a concern for farmers because it could destroy their apple and other crops. Sigh.
I think it is having a big impact on farming near me. Plants are literally confused.
Right! Temperature swings happen every year in Canada to some extent, but going from -6C to 30C to 4C in the space of 10 days is a huge concern for plants and animals alike.
What a great poem, showing the good and the bad aspects of Summer. I don’t want Summer to come *quite* yet. I love Spring and don’t feel like we’ve really had much of a Spring so far!
Thank you. Yes I like Spring when the garden comes to life.
This is a lovely poem and it is getting hotter indeed. We need to be ready for all of these.
I have been looking forward to the warmer weather and here in Denmark, it hasn’t been too warm (the high has been around 12°), but your poem is a great reminder that the warmer weather is not always good because it can lead to so many other environmental problems.
It was super warm last August when I visited wonderful Copenhagen.
Yes it can get especially warm in the summer!
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