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  • Writer's pictureAlice Wyatt

August, New Mexico

August, New Mexico





August heat makes us snappish.

Please, and Thank You, melt into

What?!, and Whatever.


Sweat trickles between breasts

released

from the bondage of bras.


Clothes?

Less is more.

To hell with modesty.




Slumbering cat ears

flick in the false breeze

of the rotating fan.


Dogs dig in cool dirt,

wiggle a wallow,

stay until sundown.


Wings held wide

chickens pant,

peck chilled watermelon.




Spring gardens, tenderly nurtured,

bloom then bolt,

going to seed, and nobody cares.


Freshly picked cucumber

salads, soups, and sandwiches,

all there is for supper.


Weather forecast on repeat

Sustained - Incessant - Unremitting

HEAT



We complain.

We whine.

We bemoan our fate.


We stay.


This is home. Where else would we go?

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jayjanet
jayjanet
Aug 04, 2023

Right on sister Alice!

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Carol Borsello
Carol Borsello
Aug 04, 2023

hot here too in Sarasota, Florida... but all the utilities work; they are prepared for this kind of heat; the infrastructure holds & there's a lot less construction going on.

Ta! Have a desert day! love-C

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buddecarlson
buddecarlson
Aug 04, 2023

P.S. I loved reading this out loud and giving myself goosebumps. :)

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buddecarlson
buddecarlson
Aug 03, 2023

Holy moly I love this. I want to clasp it close to my sweaty breast. ;) whose picture?

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alicehutchins70
Aug 12, 2023
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One from online. Easiest but a bit of a cheat because I could have stepped out my front door for scorched earth!

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