Nut (roast)

We all know the dangers
Of sun tan and burn,
But sometimes the hard way’s
The one way to learn.

Though doubtless he’ll brown
Like a nice piece of toast,
At present my son
Is a bright, beetroot roast.

Unusual sunshine
Had brought him outside
To a place where the sun
Left him nowhere to hide.

Out there, in the garden,
He has a nice bed
Where his feet can go up
As he lays down his head…

The sunlight was pleasant
And lulled him to drowse…
And what with the jet lag,
He just didn’t rouse…

This morning he glows
As he faces the day…
Scarlet, vermilion…
No more to say…

The screams that erupted
When he hit the shower?
A lesson, in learning
About solar power…

So readers beware,
Never sleep in the sun
Lest, instead of a tan
You end up overdone.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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45 Responses to Nut (roast)

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh Lordy Nick!!!!!

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  2. Charlie Hasler says:



  3. Running Elk says:

    Ooch! Can feel the heat from here… 😮
    Do they still make calomine?!? In such large quantities? :/

    Liked by 1 person

  4. That one is going to hurt 😦


  5. Kathy says:

    I can relate, ow. My fair skin has burned many times in my years of never learning. 🙂


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I’ve never really been a sun-worshipper myself and prefer to keep covered as the mozies seem to like me too much.

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      • Kathy says:

        I don’t like being hot 🙂 so I don’t plan and relax in the sun. It’s times like when we took the boat out for a quick ride, and at the far end of the lake we had motor trouble. Our cell phone was at home along with the sun screen and bathing suit cover. 🙂 I seem to get caught unprepared at least once a year.


  6. Ouch!!!!! I know that feeling….


  7. Ooooh, poor Nick!!! That looks sore!


  8. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Poor Nick! 😱


  9. I feel his pain. I had a sunburn some years back. I hope he feels better soon. 😦 — Suzanne


  10. Widdershins says:

    Rather lucky he decided not to do a whole naked body snooze in the sun! 😀 … I’ve had some nasty sunburns, but never quite that much all at once. May he tan and not blister.


  11. macjam47 says:

    Oh my! Poor Nick. Your poem was so whimsical I wasn’t expecting to see so much sunburn. Hope he heals quickly and without blisters.


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