British Traits

Summer Loving

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 18th of June 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

In a survey conducted in 2008, talking about the weather came top of the 50 typical traits of the British. It seems at any moment in the UK at least a third of the population is either talking about the weather, has already done so, or is about to do so.  Today’s poem, Summer Loving, takes a contemporary look at Summer and the behaviour of the British.  The following discussion reveals why weather talk is more than just inane banter.

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Summer Loving


From Solstice to Equinox,

one hundred and thirty-two

days of weathered obsession,

searching for nimbostratus.


Burnt skin and sneezes,

accompany backdrops of

beach life, as vanilla ice cream

drips from oyster shells among


wafts of Factor 20. Bodies

measured over shadowed

feet in the ebb and flow

of afternoon tides.


When the sun comes,

we pray for rain.

When the rain comes,

we pray for sun,


heading for hibernation in

a three-season mourning.


© Davy D 2018