British Summer | Peter Matthews

Summer rain so warm and wet

only to be expected, yet….

I see a bit of blue sky there

Come my love, let’s not despair


It’s ages since we picnicked here

and now the sun’s come out it’s clear

we’ll sit down here beneath the trees

and rest our plates upon our knees


Oh, don’t you love a picnic tea

Ouch! I’ve been stung – a bumble bee!

Peter Matthews, a country boy at heart, lives with his wife of 47 years in the suburbs of Nottingham, England.  His greatest achievement is that he has aged fairly gracefully but has avoided growing up.  Peter has written poetry from the age of sixteen and blogs regularly at

8 thoughts on “British Summer | Peter Matthews

  1. That ’twas a wasp and not a bee
    Attracted by your jam you see.
    If you had stuck with Shippam’s paste
    You’d not have had to flee in haste.

    But nevermind, here a cloud
    To cover your picnic with its shroud
    What’s that another shower?
    Drenching you in leafy bower.

    No need for gloom, all is not lost
    Even though you’re tempest tossed.
    Fire up the Primus, brew some tea
    The cup that cheers will comfort thee,

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      1. Oh no my friend it was not so
        (Your bum is on your backside, no?)
        That was a wasp and not a bee
        I was there and I could see.

        Wasp or bee it was not fair
        For everyone to laugh and stare
        But really Pete you were a sight
        Dancing up and down with fright.

        A wasp sting really is no fun
        But still no cause to come undone
        Get your trousers back on old chum
        That’s enough of your naked bum.

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