creative writing / Poetry

The Heat is Gonna Kill Me

The summer heat in Texas

is not for the faint of heart

The sun climbs high

early on and beats

relentlessly all day

the mercury soars

into the stratosphere

I walk in the tree shadows

on the street

trying to escape

that blistering sun

cowboy ranchers

come to town

and say

It’s hot as farrr

Melted in my memory

I hear my grandmother

calling me

Get in here, you are gonna burn up!

inside – blinds shut

cool air

and sweet tea.

I remember long ago before


playing outside

sun beating down

on my grandfather’s farm

walking through

that bleached sand

burning my feet, frying my toes

finally making it to the grape arbor….

I’ve seen northern folks

cringe and exclaim

Is it always this hot in this place?

I have seen some

from the deep south


Mercy, this is unreal!

well go find yourself

a magnolia tree

we’ve got ’em here too

perhaps a tall lemonade

It’s not even that hot yet

August awaits like a golden promise

Heat Advisory

rolls across the TV screen

and from the distance

I’m digging in the flower bed

mining cannas and mondo grass

like I’m searching for a gold amulet

to flash back to the sun

and my once-native spouse says

You’re going to have a heat stroke out there

and I very well may

but not today.

Heat aquarella shoes


38 thoughts on “The Heat is Gonna Kill Me

      • Here we went to low flow faucets, shower heads, faucets, Energy Star dishwashers, washing machines, no grass watering, catch shower and sink water to water plants…that’s a few. Then El Niño came through and our lakes filled up in two weeks, no kidding. I believe it will be heading to CA in a few months, seems like that’s what I heard. The drought was one of the worst things I’ve been through and sure created a depressing atmosphere for people.

      • Yeah, we already had DWP come in and do what they could for our apartment although my husband insisted on replacing the shower head they put on back with the old one because he wasn’t happy with his low flow shower…the rotter…that’s just in his bathroom though!!
        Anyway, yes, it is depressing looking at those brown patches of grass not to mention limited outdoor water play for the kids!!

  1. I’m not sure I could cope with continuous heat and humidity, simply because I’m not used to it. In the U.K. we’re desperate for sunshine every summer – and sunny days are a rarity some years. Rain days are what passes for summer here. lol Hope it cools down for you soon.

    • It’s a tough one for sure..All the natives handle it better, ha ha. I’ve heard it rains a lot in the U.K. I so want to visit and see all that wonderful history and countryside. My ancestors were Scottish, English, Scandinavian primarily. ..

      • Well most of us over here are a real mixture. I’m a quarter Welsh and a quarter Irish, before I even begin to think about what makes up the ‘English’ half. Probably a mixture of Anglo Saxon, Norse, and Norman, and even some Roman from way back. So any Americans with ancestors from over here will be similar. DNA testing sounds promising… 🙂
        I’m sure you’d enjoy exploring all the old sites over here, Be sure to bring an umbrella and wellies, though! 🙂 I’m longing to see Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon (I’m a geographer and geologist by training). I know little about Texas, except for the oil and cattle – and the old TV series ‘Dallas’, of course.

      • Oh yes, the oil, cattle, and Dallas, ha ha.. well I can tell you that not everyone owns an oil well and after a long, historic drought not many people are consuming beef either. Not everyone drives a pickup truck, but there are a lot of those too. You should see the Alamo if you haven’t, but Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon sound fabulous!

      • The only Alamo I’ve seen is the Old John Wayne film. 🙂 But yes, the actual site would be wonderful to visit. The trouble with the USA is that its so BIG! I think I’d either need a very long holiday or visit several time. Still, never say never! One day, perhaps. Anyway, take care in the stifling heat out there – and I really enjoyed your poem. 😀

      • Oh I PMillie..I will say though, it is hard to keep up. Many places will not allow you to submit writing if you “publish” it on your own blog. How unfair is that? People sure have to be busy these days, and let’s not forget about the job, such fun 🙂

      • I’ve heard a few warnings about posting material on a blog that you hope to publish one day – even short excerpts of it. I suppose it’s best to be on the safe side and avoid doing it. I agree wholeheartedly with what you say about keeping up. I find blogging very time consuming and, in your case, if you have a full-time job as well, it must be extremely difficult to find time to write. I imagine it’s a case of ‘burning the candle at both ends.’ As you say, ‘such fun’! 🙂

  2. It must be quite terrible, however, it is not better in Ontario, Canada at the moment. In addition to heat, we had abnormal humidity, and that just makes things even worse. Nice post!

    • Heat and humidity, the downside of summer. I didn’t know it was hot in Ontario though, Canada is another place I haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet. Thanks for the compliment and for visiting my blog.

  3. Your poem describes our Texas heat quite well! The rains are gone and the summer heat has set in. Thank you for choosing to follow my humble blog. I have enjoyed exploring yours and your writing – very inspiring. All the best to you!

  4. Hi…Wonderful post—Thanks so much for sharing with us! Florida—Summer heat and humidity…Sea breezes after an evening rain and we beach-walk and—while respite is short it is good…Thanks again—Phil

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