4am British Summer Time
by Bethany Addo-Smith (United Kingdom)
Audio: "4am British Summer Time," read by Bethany Addo-Smith
I drink the elderflower air,
poured by the 4am sky,
untouched by eyes.
I try to bottle up my true Summer morning.
The dawn mosquitoes turn to Mozart,
and the sun fills the cracks in the leaves,
like ginger beer,
evoking the fizz of the apple trees.
I sit upon the countertop,
the one beside the open window.
A mulled tangerine breeze,
soaks the distant cathedral chime.
The chaffinch shares the same nectar.
He giggles and wades with the lavender,
chest red and rusted from the Winter,
now revived to an aurora peach.
A stained glass imprint on the kitchen floor,
casted by the shadow of a vase,
forming a gargoyle shape.
Sunlight fills in the gaps.
I cannot believe that Winter will come again.
Contemplating as to whether,
black coffee suits the weather.
But I’m still full of elderflower,
and sparkling ginger beer.
Bethany Addo-Smith, age 17, is a sixth-form student, living in Lincolnshire, UK. Nature is her biggest inspiration, motivating her to study planetary science and prompting new poems for her environmental poetry series. In this piece, her goal was to express how rich a good morning can make us feel.
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6/26/22, 1:46 PM
Wow you are so talented! I relate this a lot to my paternal grandfather who passed away two years ago and is very similar to yours. Sometimes family can judge you but I agree you should learn to live in the present and be happy with out having a fancy job/being married. Keep up the great work!
6/22/22, 8:15 PM
You've done a wonderful job here.
Your intricate descriptions of the race and the emotions conferred by it is excellent.
6/22/22, 8:13 PM
6/22/22, 8:09 PM
You've done a beautiful work here.
The flow of the story, the gripping emotions it enthralls the reader with, it's very wonderful.
Thank you for this.
6/18/22, 6:08 AM
This write-up is absolutely amazing. It made me realize why I am who I am, and I could also relate a lot. Hope you never stop writing, and I hope to read a full-length book from you soon!<3
6/17/22, 2:50 AM
It was so good to read..i really liked the description the storyline ,the plot ,everything 👍
6/7/22, 3:25 PM
This piece is a beautiful reminder of how ugly teenage years can be. It's real and it hurts but it's so good. Please never stop writing!
6/7/22, 3:15 PM
Your description of the change and how sometimes our parents don't have words to tell us that they love us and use material things as a substitute is relatable. My family has never really been open about their feelings but we show our love through little things and that's why it hit so close to home. I love this piece! Keep up your amazing work!
5/30/22, 9:05 PM
This was beautifully written.
5/25/22, 11:06 AM
Where to read the further story??
5/25/22, 2:45 AM
This is incredible and heartbreaking and real. I’m glad I stopped to read :)
5/24/22, 12:26 PM
I love the way you wrote the story. The fine description of the burn in thighs made it relatable 😳. Pls keep up your amazing work!! :)