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(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

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Hottest day in October

The southerly change came in at 11: 30 pm
cool respite roared its advancing
Aeolian legions of turbulent will
Rousing summer foreboding
Dessicated dread and climate
change fruits of extremities
brought earlier each year

The day predicted, reached 38 Celsius
Watered the garden the day before
So the gusting westerly winds to 90 km/PH
Did not destabilise the trees
and allowed the water to soak in.
The Hymenosporum flavum - Native Frangipani,
lost half its adorning yellow flowers
And they and the Blackbutt hybrid
Shed buckets of withered crunchy leaf litter
onto the courtyard and into the alcove
Awaiting entrance to the house,
Later mulch to protect the garden

The ceiling fans languid spun at medium
Perfunctory licked electrons tongue
Total fire ban's tested resources
Coordinated services against
Arsonists, pyromaniacs and random blazes
Media feeding carcass charred
And record breaking breath fought heat
dry grass, bush and sad house fire
Parched earth and gasping trees
Clench stomata and persist til dark
Back burning fires contained,
some left to tire sated on exhausted fuel,
Early spring and scientific predictions
will sorely test us
All the way to wretched autumn
that now looks like an old mild spring.

Tired of the long breathy,
loving trees
How long can they hang on
The toughest drought hardy sclerophyllous?
The crumb dust crusted earth
Always will and always was,
Will it or won't it?
With or without,
What may, may know,
Dynamic hapless destiny.

Danny Draper 11/10/2013

Submitted: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 11, 2013


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  • Kanav Justa (11/14/2013 1:20:00 AM)

    That was quiet hot... loved it

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  • Susan Lacovara (11/12/2013 10:16:00 PM)

    While images of scorching heat, are stoked...I encountered to the first snowfall of the season, this morning...abrupt
    rude awakening, that I am not, yet, ready to embrace. Loved your ceiling fan, spinning, but to no great relief. You again, have managed to draw me in, to the pictures, you so eloquently paint... PEACE

  • Valerie Dohren (10/17/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    Your Spring is our Autumn, and we have a long cold Winter to look forward to - can you send us some of your heat Danny! !

  • Ken E Hall (10/17/2013 5:53:00 AM)

    I feel the heat in your words very well explained helping the reader to actually see it thru your words fires are burning now Hell in the bush...makes carbon tax like chicken feed...regards

  • Diane Hine (10/16/2013 8:05:00 AM)

    Climate change sucks, but Mr Rabbit has promised to cut our electricity bills - yay! Some powerful visual images here - Aeolian legions, clenched stomata.

  • Karen Sinclair (10/15/2013 5:18:00 PM)

    Danny your write perfectly expressed the helplessness felt. I think the fan was the moment where I imagined it spinning but making very little difference.
    This shows totally by the winds and breezes how we are at the mercy of the eliments. This really hit home for me. We have had some dry spells here too but I can hardly imagine how it would be in your neck of the woods. Hope it improves. I really do. Karen

  • Heather Wilkins (10/14/2013 1:21:00 PM)

    a sweltering summer for sure/ good imagery

  • Lyn Paul (10/12/2013 6:11:00 AM)

    A great descriptive write that is making me feel the heat. On the other side of Oz we are only 23 degrees. Thank You Danny

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (10/11/2013 1:06:00 PM)

    Wow frm frangipani to stomata i enjoyd dis marvelous imagery sketch and the scientific terminology too in poem! Impresive

  • Valsa George (10/11/2013 5:59:00 AM)

    The heat and sweat of aggressive summer is powerfully drawn! When drought tightens its fiery hold, the trees shed leaves, the wind lifts large clouds of dust, the vegetation including grass and bush dry out and the parched earth gasps! A graphic description of the erratic weather with sultry images! !

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