Hot Enough to Cook Eggs on the Sidewalk

— Amy Meier

103 degrees at 11 AM,
90 degress at 6 PM.

Under a blue unrelenting sky

we go to ground

motionless, in hiding
from the tawny sun

like furtive prey

only at dawn and after dusk,

day after day after unchanging day.


We adjust to
climate changed seasons,

extremes of heat and drought, then

in the night with no warning

the temperature


We waken to

subtle chill of autumn,

torpor slipping from our shoulders,
step outside, witness

the cloud filled sky,

the covenant of


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