• August

    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


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