The First Day of Summer

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Tomorrow is a blank piece of paper
For me to color
However I want.
After a long sleep,
And a long stretch,
And a long, long daydream,
I can draw whatever I want.
I can use whatever color I choose.
Maybe I’ll make the sky pink and the trees blue
Just because I want to.
I’ll take my time drawing sun and sky and earth and me in the middle.
I might take all day to draw my world.
And no one will be there to tell me time is running out
Because tomorrow is a blank piece of paper
Just for me.

For more Poetry Friday visit Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference.

(c) Elizabeth Steinglass, 2013, all rights reserved

26 replies
  1. Janet F. says:

    I love thinking of summer that way. I think that is exactly how I felt as a child. What a wonderful way to start the day, reading your poem that is. And being able to choose how to spend my time in summer: freedom!!!

  2. irene Latham says:

    Wonderful, Liz! Here’s to that blank sheet of paper and filling it up with wonderful things… or maybe leaving a few white spaces too. xo

  3. Carol says:

    Love this! I’m a teacher on my first day of summer vacation, trying to decide what picture I want to draw this summer!

  4. lsteinglass says:

    I’m glad you liked the use of long. Sometimes repetition is just the right thing. And sometimes you need a regular word and not a fancy one.
    I hope you found your piece of paper!

    • lsteinglass says:

      Thanks, Ruth.
      It’s such a great thing to wake up to a day on which you get to decide everything!

  5. Mary Lee says:

    Perfect! I call summer “The Long Weekend,” but I like this blank piece of paper, too! It feels SOOOooo good to be free of restrictions!

    • lsteinglass says:

      Sad but true. At the beginning it seems like the summer will be long and luxurious but it’s over way too fast–like a long weekend.

  6. Tabatha says:

    Ready for that myself!! Who knows what we will make with a little time to be creatively adventurous?

  7. Robyn Hood Black says:

    Playing a wee bit of catch-up; this month/start to summer has been so busy already! I hope you greet each day of your summer with creative abandon. Enjoyed that robin’s egg post, too – I have a couple of shells on a windowsill from earlier this spring, and the last baby from the later batch out back just left the nest yesterday. (I remember being graced with a robin’s nest on the front porch beam of my cabin at the Highlights poetry workshop where we met!)

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