Its hard to settle on sultry days like this.
Too hot to sit in that high sun,
yet, afraid to sit in the shade
else we may miss the longed for treat.
Clothing sticks to our damp creamed skin,
and our out of shape straw hats,
dragged hastily from the back of the cupboard,
pattern our faces.
We freeze our drinks and lick them lustily,
or glug at cold beers holding the cans
to our cheeks
to better feel the chill.
The jealous bees slake their thirsts,
sipping delicately from the bath
while the birds are watchful
from the shade of the trees.
By late afternoon all is adroop.
The roses nod in appreciation
as the spray of the hose rescues them
from certain desiccation.
Saving water, the brittle lawn
doesn’t share that magic shower
for who knows how long this
spell will last?