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Friday, February 11, 2011

A Pop of Hot for Big Tent Poetry

Big Tent Poetry prompt:  Think about what’s getting you down. Use poetry to cure it.







A Pop of Hot

I flip the heat to high
strip off the fleece hoodie
fling down knitted gloves
remove thermal suits
wool socks and down booties

to the shower I trot
run the water hard and hot
towel dry and skip around
til the sweating stretches
from the inside out

redressed in fresh layers
reset the thermostat on freeze
in that day filled with dread
I put cheer on the back burner
while holding summer in my head



A processed sketch

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21 comments:

flaubert said...

Susan, I imagine it is quite cold where you are. You have conveyed
that quite well.

Pamela

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Great imagery, but I wouldn't want to be there...

~laurie

Joseph Harker said...

That ending is splendid... renewing the idea of summer to keep one warm, lodging it in the skull.

Kristen Haskell said...

Boy oh boy do I need to hold summer in my head. I have not felt my feet in three months or more! Great poem.

barbara said...

I do like the whole idea. A little cheer burbling away on the back like cinnamon and nutmeg.

gautami tripathy said...

great imagery...

lined up...

Aayushi Mehta said...

This was beautiful.

nan said...

Now there is one hot cure for the cold winter blues! I like what you did with the prompt.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Wonderful images. I can certain relate in this ridiculously frigid winter. :)

annell said...

It's wonderful when you have hot water, to bring the hot house flower back to life! I was right there with you, still holding summer. Thanks for the great write.

Philip Thrift said...

Sounds like a great cure for the wintertime blues!

Cathy said...

Love it. A little humor and dash of seriousness perfectly blended.

and who is now getting sick of winter.

Elizabeth said...

Wonderfully descriptive, really tired of the cold,

Elizabeth

DJ Vorreyer said...

Can tell you live where it's been cold -all those layers and tricks to stay warm, even inside the house!

twitches said...

Ahhhh I love this! This so describes me every day right now!

irene said...

Vividly put, especially the last line.

Dave King said...

This is what I would call endearing. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Book Bird Dog said...

Temps back on freeze - I emphatize.

http://strummedwords.blogspot.com/2011/02/magpie-tales-old-home.html

lightverse said...

I absolutely love your words about holding summer in your head. What an incredible. warming idea!

thelittlewriterthatcould said...

This gave me goosebumps and then blessed heat... You really know how to describe a scene! Felt like I was right there!

Jeanne Aguilar said...

Love your description of throwing off clothes and hopping in the shower, oh how good it feels to warm up in that hot water!