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4am British Summer Time

by Bethany Addo-Smith (United Kingdom)

July 2021

Write the World Review

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.

#Nature          #Environment

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12/3/22, 12:37 AM

Gretel Alberta

11/19/22, 9:15 AM

This is a masterpiece.... Well done


10/12/22, 2:00 AM

An amazing piece on climate change. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:58 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love this! Could read this over and over again.


10/12/22, 1:56 AM

Such a beautiful piece Lyat. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:54 AM

From your piece, you're an inspiration and a driven person who wants to make the world better. I hope you get to achieve all these and I hope you receive all the support.


10/12/22, 1:48 AM

Brilliant and educative in all aspects!


10/12/22, 1:43 AM

Everything about this piece has perfectly collided with the perfect words. Teen years are special and form a concrete part of a person's life. Glad I read this now. It's a beautiful piece.


9/29/22, 4:40 PM

Lovely piece!

Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?


9/24/22, 10:04 AM

Amazing. I love it.


9/23/22, 7:34 AM

This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))