A Summertime of Reminders


Longer days and shorter nights,
Darker shades and brighter lights.
Louder music and wilder friends,
No need for pencils, no need for pens!

The parties are turned up,
The grills are burnt up,
The drinks are getting drunk up,
Everybody is pumped up!

Make these days the time of your life,
And make the nights just as right.
This time only comes once a year,
So live it up, don’t have any fears.

Everybody’s happy, and the girls are fine,
You already know it’s summertime!

In his poem, “Summertime,”  Robinson describes the pumped up feeling that comes along with summer. Sunshine, parties, and spending time with your friends can make “these days the time of your life.”  But, what if the summer brings haunting reminders of a time in your life  you’d rather forget about?  Reminders like the boyfriend you fell in love with, the unexpected pregnancy, the horrible breakup, and then the decision you thought you’d never have to face: abortion.

Instead of feeling excited about the summer and the fun you’re going to be having, you struggle with depression and withdraw from friends and family. When you’re outside, your focus is constantly drawn to a baby in a stroller, a child playing, or a pregnant woman nearby. You notice that everyone seems to be having a good time, except for you. As others laugh and enjoy themselves, you sink into an intense emotional pain that is crippling.

If you or someone you care about can relate to the emotional pain felt by an abortion experience, know there is healing available.  Restore After Abortion provides a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental environment for teenagers and adults to process through the grief and get to a place of healing.  We offer individual as well as group support.  You can call or text us at 630-599-0043 for more information or to schedule an introductory appointment. 


Robinson, Raheim. (May 2015). Summertime.  Retrieved from https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/summer-time-2