Tuesday, August 14, 2018

with the temperature rising unimpeded

                                                                                       Author: – Anka Zhuravleva
Image: Cool Sip in the Searing Heat (here)

the 12 given words:
calescent ((adj.) growing warm; increasing in heat)
forehead dizzy damp breeze comfort 
kneel sheets window tea kettle
paroxysm ((n.) any sudden, violent outburst)

with the temperature rising unimpeded
a calescent day is to be expected
from the forehead a dripping of droplets
not tiny shiny gems but likened to rivulets

being dizzy and damp in the light breeze
can comfort be adequately measured in reality
from that cool mornings enveloped by mist
to being exposed to the sun's intensity

to kneel in prayers or snug under the sheets
or sitting by the window in quiet meditation
to escape the inconvenience of the searing heat
is a choice open to varied permutations

the tea kettle full to the brim awaiting execution
to be sipped nonchalantly in light fashion
not really an unguarded moment of hesitation
but to avoid perhaps an encroachment of paroxysm

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  1. Excellent Hank. most enjoyable to read.


  2. Such brilliant use of the words here! Especially like; "the tea kettle full to the brim awaiting execution." 💞

  3. Can sure relate to wanting to escape the heat

  4. Ah, this is so good. I love how rhymes are so well-utilized in the tone and timber of this verse.

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  5. Here we call it "Climate Change." Mid or upper nineties every day this week, 100's in Galvedton, 60 miles south by our Gulf of Mexico beaches. But most around have air conditioning. Paroxysm from us walking to the mailbox.
    This was a fun read, Hank. Really nice to see you using the new words. Especially in a poem.

    1. Oh yes, I'll enter my location guess. 
      I say your picture was taken in Copenhagen.

  6. That's exactly how it feels here right now...

  7. I hear ya Hank. It is relentlessly hot where I am. I like your wonderful usage of all the words, and your comports to the conditions in the end. Great writing!

  8. Something about the phrase "encroachment of paroxysm" made me giggle. I'm not sure why. I like the sound of the phrase... But, perhaps, it was the image that it brought to mind that pulled the giggle, as if a small army of paroxysm were getting ready to encroach.

  9. I like the way this poem starts with the rising temperature and perspiration in dripping droplets, and ends with:
    'the tea kettle full to the brim awaiting execution'.
    It made me feel hot under the collar, Hank!

  10. I always thought it odd to drink warm tea to cool off.
    But it is a fact.

    “If you drink a hot drink, it does result in a lower amount of heat stored inside your body, provided the additional sweat that's produced when you drink the hot drink can evaporate...”

    The weather is odd all over, Hank. Hugs, Jules *Jules, waves*

  11. Oh, fun to read, though perhaps not to live!