The summer heat is unrelenting.
The heat of the sun pounds down on the earth:
warming the soil, the roads, the buildings, the very air we breathe.
Perspiration trickles down faces
Cooling bodies and creating a skin sheen.
To escape heat we swim in a refreshing pool,
Shop in an air-conditioned mall,
Dress wearing 100% cotton,
Eat an ice-cold piece of watermelon,
Drink a tall glass of cold water.
We absorb the heat and search out the shade;
We wish for the cooling effect of snow and ice, yet savour the sun.
A heat we look forward to,
A heat we savour,
A heat whose departure we are thankful for after a cooling shower of rain.
We accept the wilting heat waves,
We accept the dehydrating heat,
Because we know that Old Man Winter will visit again.
Are you enjoying the summer heat?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013