What’s it like for you in August?

Because things tend to slow down a bit this month, I was tempted to write this:


August is:

When Disney’s at the Odeon,

When traffic flows more rapidly,

When bouncing balls boom down the street

And children’s tenor voices shrill

In urgent emphasis at play;

When sunny days invite you out

To stand and stare instead of work;

When Cricket fans are in despair

At yet another batting rout;

When morning papers seem quite thin

And postmen give your house a miss;

When half the nation’s gone on hol

And you are wondering why you’re not;

A time, perhaps, to down your tools

And set aside those pangs of guilt —

Refresh, recharge, and so enjoy

The scent of flowers that August brings.

Phillip Khan-Panni