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Summer Haiku, June 21, 2012

by Neal Whitman, Poetry Prof

The “ah-ness” of summer … “such-ness” of 1958. Brother and Sister Thomas and Serena Jameson with friends Jeannie Ray and Arthur Blair, from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, not far from where I lived in  Roxbury, put a harpsichord behind their a cappella harmony in a little studio on Boylston Street downtown Boston and recorded, “Summertime, Summertime” — its summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime … That ditty by The Jamies captured for me the first day after school’s ending. It signaled the “it might never end” stretch of summer. Was there a summer hit that filled you with such hope … does this music re-fill that hope today?

a tall order
spilling over the sides
my root beer float

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