Melissa Coventry

Rookie (25/01/1991 / Adelaide)

Attempt To Get Cool.. - Poem by Melissa Coventry

The sun beats down,
Merciless and endless,
Stinging our backs,
Sweat pours down our faces,
As we lay in the grass.

Can’t remember how we got here,
But in the shade,
Of an ancient old gum tree,
By a river of years old,
Your shirt comes off…
Attempt to get cool.
Music lays far off,
Reminds us,
Of the moonlight dancing,
We did so long ago.

I lay next to you on my chest,
In the heat of the day,
Sweat runs down my back
I take off my clothes,
Attempt to get cool.
Sleeping in the shade,
In your arms,
Dusk in the bush,
Suddenly upon us,
Welcoming breeze comes,
The wildlife wakes.

From the cover of our ancient gum tree,
And beside our old carved river,
We see the sky turn pink, orange... blue...
We move closer together,
Attempt to get warm.
We hold each other, embrace,
In the light of the rising moon,
And darkening sky above,
We make love.
To distant music,
We would dance to,
In the moonlight,
A long time ago…

Comments about Attempt To Get Cool.. by Melissa Coventry

  • (6/7/2008 10:33:00 PM)

    I like to read stuff like this. Not because its sensuous, but because it
    makes you feel good about living. Beautifully done .

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  • (2/21/2008 8:21:00 PM)

    This is a really good poem. I have to agree with my good friend Allie. (Report) Reply

  • (12/31/2007 5:08:00 PM)

    This poem has a distinctively Australian feel to it - the ancient gum tree and the old carved river. Yes the Aussie summer sun is certainly seductive and the music in the distance of your narrative adds emotional color to this sensuous write. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 17, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011

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