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Heat Wave

Distracted by the Swelter

By Misty RaePublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
The grass in front of my house today

Dreamlike haze coats my vision with a surreal veneer,

Images distorted by waves of heat,

Smells, boiling asphalt, and dying grass fill me,

Tickling my nose and I sneeze.

Radiant incandescence, no escape, above, below, all sides too.

Amber blades, once green crunch under my step.

Can't sleep, can't work, can't think, the heat distracts,

The swelter paralyzes,

In its midst, I am ironically frozen,

On and on, day after day, hotter and hotter,

No cooling reprieve, no work getting done, just heat.

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Misty Rae

Retired legal eagle, nature love, wife, mother of boys and cats, chef, and trying to learn to play the guitar. I play with paint and words. Living my "middle years" like a teenager and loving every second of it!

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  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Awesome description of how the heat takes a toll. Congrats on your Top Story!

  • MARIE ODEMS 4 months ago

    AWESOME I LOVE IT!!!💜💜💜💜💜

  • Awesome ✨ writing and A Big Congratulations on your Top Story❗🎉❤️

  • Noor Chaudhary4 months ago

    Nice work sis .

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Too darn hot!! Well done!! Congratulations on T S too!!!💖💖💕

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Yay. Congrats on the TS. Is it still yucky hot?

  • Leslie Writes4 months ago

    Very vivid sensory experience! I have know this feeling. Excellent poem!

  • Amjad Ateih Dib4 months ago

    it is lovely and useful keep going on

  • Harmony Kent4 months ago

    Fantastic, Misty! Oh, that heat! 💕🙂

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Great job, Misty. Congratulations!

  • Favour Gbejimor 4 months ago

    Congratulations on your top story

  • River Joy4 months ago

    Congrats on the top story! "The swelter paralyzes indeed". Really good stuff.

  • Congratulations on Your Top Story ❤️

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    yes. I spent 8 hours in a truck with no air conditioning this past weekend. It was over 96degrees in the cab. Exactly this.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    This is awesome, Misty and congratulations on Top Story!

  • Mariann Carroll4 months ago

    You are real/natural poet 😍👏Bravo

  • Gina C.4 months ago

    Awesome job, Misty! There is some really vivid imagery here; I felt that uncomfortable feeling :)

  • Sandra Tena Cole4 months ago

    I felt this far too much on my body!! Fantastically done! I so prefer the cool weather... 🫠❣️

  • Jay Kantor4 months ago

    Dear Ms. Misty ~ Aka; Legal Eagle, Ret. ~ Time now to 'Work' on your yard - Thanks for the 'Sizzling' Smile - Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Author Community -

  • C. H. Richard4 months ago

    There is reason we should be taking siestas in the summer season. So true heat is a number one distraction ❤️

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Yuck! That's how could this is. You described it so well, I could feel the heat. Great entry, but yuck.

  • Jenna Calloway4 months ago

    “The swelter paralyzes”…I feel this. Great job.

  • PK Colleran4 months ago

    Here comes Summer! Super well described. Great work, Misty. 🌞

  • Darla M Seely4 months ago

    Wonderful job, Misty

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