August

i

sit

and wonder

just

where else

could i be;

Cornwall,

Dublin,

San Francisco;

even Accra

is cooler

than here.

and of course

it is winter

in South Africa

and mildly

cool in Nairobi.

August here

is relentless…

it cooks

non-stop.

i avoid the fierceness

of its hand

and hide

in my cave

of coolness.

waiting

for winter, spring

anything less ominous;

not free to walk

and breathe

as

the crushing heat

pushes even

the insects

in doors.

 

Linda Tauhid

©8/23/16

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