Sunny thoughts for a stormy day -- with thanks and apologies to Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot. I'm OK, so far...no sunburns this year, just memories:
Daylight! See the kids on the sandbar,
and they're all going wading,
going swimming all day.
Like a darn fool, I yearned to spend my day in the sun,
I would roast myself all day.
Now old dermatologists with white coats on
see my skin and think that they can cut with a knife,
and people with skin cancer say they're reborn --
and come back to a different, healthier life.
Memory! Turn your face from the sunlight
'cause it's all radiation, coming at you each way!
All the sun's rays will bake me until my skin turns red
if I'm out in them all day.
Burnt red hands and aching elbows --
What can I wear into work tomorrow?
The long-sleeved option's fading!
Don't touch me! Just go on and leave me
all alone with the mem'ry of my days in the sun.
If you touch my burn, you'll know what unhappiness is
when my screaming has begun!
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