Oh Summer, You Are So Harsh

Oh Summer, You Are So Harsh
Oh Summer, You Are So Harsh

Searing heat attests
its malignant summer smile,
stinging skin and burning deep,
our crusted shells too slight
for season’s harsh tirade,
guzzling ice and water binge,
racing for the shade.

Under tree in pensive stance,
summer day no hot romance,
just a bleak and coarse advance
to sweaty, drenched discomfort;
while even birds are hunched in shade,
panting beaks and eyes all glazed,
waiting for the evening.

Love the sun, hate gloomy days,
but this affront is here to stay,
and conditioned air is all that’s keeps
insanity at bay,
while naked bodies in bathes and pools,
avoid the rays by keeping cool,
but for me, locked in my room I’ll stay.

I pray for breeze at end of day,
the gloaming light to fade to night
and cool my beaded brow,
my heart so slow, my blood like glue,
quickly where’s my Morning Dew,
before my dehydrated body
fades way, and I just crusty flesh betrayed.

Oh, Summer, you are so harsh.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

4 thoughts on “Oh Summer, You Are So Harsh

  • December 30, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Well do I remember summer days like that in California when there was no relief from the heat till about 3:00 AM when a delicate chill would wake me and I would pull the sheet over me and curl up to blessed slumber. Right now, here in Nevada, I wear my light suede jacket all day long and hibernate under mounds of warm blankets at night. Great rendition of an unforgivable summer affront, Tony.

  • December 30, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Thanks Phyllis, the opposite of what you are experiencing right now, but it does get damned hot here in South Australia. Cheers!

  • December 30, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Tony, here it is so cold..just had a bit of snow this evening and it does look quite bleak outside..i have experienced such harsh summers when i was at home in India…makes one long for rain or at least a cool breeze…your words are so vivid capturing a terribly hot summer day beautifully..thank you so much for sharing..have a lovely day!

  • December 30, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Thanks Anjana, Yes I knew you’d relate, as India does have incredible heat in summer, but isn’t it funny how we can talk to each other so easily across the world and have completely opposite weather. I guess we always want what we haven’t got. I’m over winter in a week and all I want is sun. Then summer comes and all I want is a breeze or some rail. Lol Although, each season has its beauty and we must hold onto that. Glad you enjoyed it.


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