because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse

in heat

stroke-handed. velvet.
to fall in love,

lamplight drownings;
yellow fever dances.
proto-summer paints
sweat pearls down pinked
fore-heads, nascent
a River District swimming in
haze, dreaming in Decembers.
August-heavy; lethargic
swarm. enchantment.

nights with no fire-
works, only stars.

23 responses

  1. happy birthday sweetie!


    May 31, 2011 at 11:58 am

    • thanks, dear! you’re such a sweetheart!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

  2. Hawaii

    The raw elements
    Of the Big Island
    Rub the the gritty real
    Into ya
    Like cajun seasoning
    On red meat

    May 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    • always happy to receive the gift of one of your comment-poems. 🙂 not a big red-meat eater, but longing to see the places you describe nonetheless.

      best always, my friend.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

  3. The imagery is very creative… amazing write
    deep and intense… enjoyed reading 🙂

    May 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  4. Great images, but the linebreaks make this poem even better.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm

  5. wow – super cool pic and the heat in your words..loved it – great imagery and very effectively placed line breaks esp. in the last two lines..yellow fever dances…nice..

    May 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

  6. Summer is arriving . Thanks for the very summer reading here today – a nifty glimpse from your eyes.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  7. love the imagery here.. creates a wonderful picture.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm

  8. ugh…i feel the heat…its been near 100 here the last couple days…sticky for sure…hope it cools for you…enjoyable one shot…

    May 31, 2011 at 6:14 pm

  9. Artful and lithe words, describing both feeling and time, the inside and outside. Enjoyed this all, but esp. the central verse beginning “…lamplight drownings;
    yellow fever dances…” with a fine close.

    May 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  10. Nice imagery…nice one shot!

    May 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

  11. Great images. What was a wispy dream of December can become a heavy reality in August.

    And interesting that this is the second “sticky” love poem I’ve read this week.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  12. You have captured the atmosphere of heat extremely well. To fall in love, stickily.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:04 am

  13. Funny how we want the cold
    Stating it all bold
    Except when we get it we want the heat
    As the cold it can beat
    Never satisfy most of us
    As most need to fuss
    I enjoyed the thoughts this brought
    Glad your write I caught

    June 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

  14. hey no offense intended on richmond…i have crawled all over it and seen many of its facets…smiles.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    • no offense taken; i guess i’m just a little territorial… 🙂

      June 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

  15. Ooohh… the force of the elements.. so well pictured, Siubhan..
    LOVED the rawness here… had a stark sensuality to it!! Wonderful!!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  16. This is beautiful. every word is so well chosen, and the flow has a powerful draw to it. Great write!

    June 1, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  17. The elemental depictions painted a very vivid image.. loved it!
    Hugs xx

    June 2, 2011 at 4:20 am

  18. Thanks, all, for your visits and kind comments, as always. Welcome to summer indeed!


    June 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  19. Oh geez I’d forgotten how good a poet you are. I really should visit more often.

    ‘To fall in love, stickily’ really stood out.. also love this –

    incandescence. >two wonderful words… aren’t the ‘sc’ words great? I’ve had a passion for them ever since childhood (sssh)

    Great piece, Joanna

    June 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

  20. You painted a fantastic image of the beauty of nature

    June 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm


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