Where Did All Those Summers Go?


Where did all those summers go, the ones we left behind.
Daisy chains and apple trees and lemonade with limes.
Honey bees and fireflies and hidden treasures of every kind,
From pirate ships to fairy glens, we shared them all those happy times.

Summers came around anew and we soon forgot those childhood things.
Broken hearts and painted nails and lemonade with wine.
High heeled shoes and rah-rah skirts and teenage boys were kings,
From classroom winks to bike shed flings, we shared them all those happy times.

Summers came and went each year; we kept in touch by mail or phone.
Late night meetings and office drinks and lemonade with gin.
Pinstripe suits and perfect hair and lines to show the years had flown.
From CEO to Chief of Staff, we shared them all those happy times.

Where did all those summers go, the ones I long to find.
Lonely tears and silent pain and lemonade not touched.
A graveyard stone and flowers new are all I now can leave behind,
You’ll always mean the world to me; we shared them all those happy times.


About helenmidgley

Helen Midgley likes to think of herself as a cross between Dawn French and Kate Moss. She has been in the witness protection programme for a number of years and once lived in Brighton as a bearded mechanic called Dave! Her current incarnation is as a part-time Journalism & Media tutor at a small FE College in Yorkshire. She has survived cancer, dandruff and athlete’s foot and has a penchant for black humour and red wine.

18 comments on “Where Did All Those Summers Go?

  1. I love the way that you went all inclusive here. i miss the summers of my youth.

  2. Nostalgic and beautifully written… Quite a sentimental read as well.

  3. Very lovely, Helen. I like how you show the passage of time with details like the lemonade, first with lime, then wine, then gin, then untouched.

  4. What a beautiful poem – thank you for sharing

  5. I liked how the lemonade progress from limes to gin to nothing.

  6. This is awesome. The progression from youth to ‘old’er. The lemonade. This is such a lovely well thought piece of writing.

  7. I’d love to share the games in your garden, they sound fun.

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  10. Congratulations on this submission/featured post! 🙂
    I loved the flow of this month, it ages before us just as the voice does.
    Loved this fantastically, evocative line;
    Daisy chains and apple trees and lemonade with limes.

    My own memories of this time would be;
    Daisy chains and apple trees and lemonade, ice lollies and wasps.

    Just love the ‘daisy chain and apple trees…’ hhmmmmm tasty poetry!

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