A Sunburn of Girls, a Lark of Boys

August 8, 2014

“August Bank Holiday – a tune on an ice-cream cornet. A slap of sea and a tickle of sand. A fanfare of sunshades opening. A wince and whinny of bathers dancing into deceptive water. A tuck of dresses. A rolling of trousers. A compromise of paddlers. A sunburn of girls and a lark of boys. A silent hullabaloo of balloons. ”
— Dylan Thomas, from Quite Early One Morning

On the beach at Golden Gardens, Seattle

On the beach at Golden Gardens, Seattle

Kids on Rialto Beach, Olympic Peninsula

Kids on Rialto Beach, Olympic Peninsula

Diving platform, Green Lake, Seattle

Diving platform, Green Lake, Seattle

Oh, these summer days.  Dylan Thomas says “The memories of childhood have no order, and no end.”  I love how he describes the August Bank Holidays of his childhood.  How apt and evocative are his poetic words — so full of summer life.  I wish I could write like this!

 

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5 Responses to “A Sunburn of Girls, a Lark of Boys”

  1. Bellezza Says:

    Such a wonderful depiction of summer! Your photographs are great, but Dylan Thomas’ words make my heart sing.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Yes, Thomas certainly plays the language of words like a finely honed instrument. Music and song indeed.

  2. shoreacres Says:

    Aren’t collective nouns fun? How about: a block of writers? a brushful of artists? a solidity of rocks? a slap of beach balls?

    And that just brought back the smell and taste of those old-fashioned beach balls. Yellow, red, blue and white, and no gadget to blow them up except our very own lungs. Such fun!


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