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It's Not Even Summer

Updated on June 14, 2014
It's eleven in the evening
It's eleven in the evening | Source

It's eleven in the evening

It's so hot that sweat winds it's way down my neck

There is no movement in the air outside

The window is open and yet there's no breeze

The air is thick and warm and still

It's so hot that I can barely breathe

And it's not even summer


My shirt sticks to my skin as I try to move

My arms so heavy that it's almost painful

The air so thick that my head spins

A pressure that sears my temples

Driving me out of my mind

It's so hot that I can't think straight

And it's not even summer

It's over twenty-six degrees in my living room And twenty-seven in Rio
It's over twenty-six degrees in my living room And twenty-seven in Rio | Source

It's over twenty-six degrees in my living room

And twenty-seven in Rio

It's too hot to do anything

It's too hot to sleep

Reading hurts my eyes and brain

It's so hot that I can't even beach and it's not even summer

A film on the TV plays to itself

James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch

In a comical antagonistic rivalry

Swoon-worthily lovely both

Not helping matters much

It's so hot that my whole body aches

And it's not even summer

I just want to sleep

Just to lay on my bed and drowse

The air burns on my skin

And my eyes are heavy

My mind wandering

It's too hot to believe

And it's not even summer

I hate heat with a passion. I'm much more of a winter person, despite that I have a phobia of snow since I was in a car accident as a kid.

Much as I love summers in England that confound the expectations of the rest of the world, and a fair percentage of the British public too, there's a time for balmy heat, and late evening isn't it.

It's the sort of heat that dogs in your brain and makes it hard to think, let alone do anything, and sleep is out of the question because the air's too thick and muggy to do anything more than doze.

So I'm sitting here writing, sweating, and wishing that it were summer, so at least there'd be a reason for it, rather than having to cope with heat almost as high as Rio when it's only spring.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      It sounds like you are going through the horrible summer which is nearing its end in the Philippines, but with not much relief. We get rain after searing heat, and there is humidity in the after air rain. It's summer, just past, and believe me there's no relief in having a reason for it. I loved your poem. It helped me to see this heat wave is happening in other countries, too. I also like your optimism in sayiing that there may be a reason for it if theres summer, and then it might be less debilitating. Optimism overcomes.

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