So hot the air,
not even a stir
of breeze
to ease
the heat.

The garden fries
every leaf tries
to turn
not burn
with heat.

The houses simmer
with the sun’s shimmer
Fans whirl
leaves curl
through heat.

Air conditioners hum
to combat the sun
keeping cool
in the pool.
Damned heat!

© 2003 Cherry Howarth