My Irritations, Aggravations and Inspirations

August 14, 2011 “south of summer”

“south of summer”


skulking stray dog days

loitering in the back yard of summer

keeping autumn at bay on the porch

hold a slippery sweaty grip on the south


withered green leaves

wrinkled damp clothes

hang from limbs of thirsty trees and people

like limp dishrags boiling


in the oily evening heat

beneath tall condescending columns

of rainless clouds climbing

up a pale sky roiling


in shades of pink

east of the setting sun

over the sweltering horizon

an August moon casts his milky gaze


on the sloomy glow of lightening bugs

slow dancing to the jar fly’s gravelly whirr

and the tinkling of ice in glasses of tea

sweet relief in a sultry gloaming haze


©tlh 8/14/11











3 responses

  1. Now this poem defines the “dog days of summer” perfectly.

    August 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

  2. Lovely word play … I can totally relate 😉

    August 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

  3. lifeinarecipe

    Curiosity of what a sultry summer eve in the south is like has just been satisfied…I think I need glass of that ice tea!

    August 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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