Summer Heat

For Lillian’s prompt over at dVerse – temperature.

Summer Heat
“August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.” – Henry Rollins

heat rolls over the brain
like a waterless tsunami –
drowning all in its smothering wave.
heat snakes rise from the roads,
false water shimmers in the distance
and cars roll through without a splash.
the air is close –
like a too tight hat around the brain.
a crack of thunder
that shakes the house –
windows rattle –
rain pours down suddenly stopping.
steam rises from the hot road,
funky smelling, like piss.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lillian
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 15:40:46

    oh these descriptive phrases are right on for what happens in extreme heat —
    (and might I add, your first two lines perfectly describe a hot flash!)
    that heat snake, the shimmer, the close air….and then your ending made me both smile and think eeeeeyech! 🙂 GREAT post to the prompt. Thanks so much for participating, Toni!


  2. kim881
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 15:51:45

    I love that you have a quote from Henry Rollins, Toni! I’ve seen him with his band and on spoken word tours several times in the UK some years ago. He’s gorgeous and intelligent, with a wicked sense of humour!
    Your opening lines leapt out at me: ‘heat… a waterless tsunami’ is spot on! Just reading about heat snakes rising from the roads and false water shimmering in the distance has got my temperature up – and it’s cooler here this evening with a nice breeze.


  3. Jane Dougherty
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 15:52:25

    ‘cars roll through without a splash’ I like that image.


  4. whippetwisdom
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 16:19:03

    Wonderful descriptions Toni, I can see those ‘heat snakes rising’ and ‘false water shimmers’ 🙂💜 xxx


  5. sarahsouthwest
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 16:27:52

    I like the way the heat builds up, and then is shattered by the rain. It mimics the event perfectly.


  6. Charmed Chaos
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 16:52:46

    I love the building up of the heat and that last line is killer Toni!


  7. msjadeli
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 16:57:32

    I like the clipped lines and the vivid imagery, Toni. Henry Rollins don’t play.


  8. L. Stevens
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 19:51:32

    We are definitely getting that heat in North Carolina right now!


  9. Frank Hubeny
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 20:36:16

    I like the description of “heat” as a “waterless tsunami”.


  10. robtkistner
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 20:47:08

    Very visual Toni. I felt the heat as well — gagged just a little on the last line, but it was effective!


  11. rothpoetry
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 22:06:05

    This summer has had a lot of days like this. Well done!


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