Sunday, June 07, 2015

when thoughts muddle with heat

in that bowl of ice cream 
I try to find some coolness

I am frantic in this heat
random things springs in the mind
sultry weather, no one's fault
nature's way of testing us
to make us absorbed deeply into it

that man in that tiny birdbath
is that too much?
he can only skim the surface
not touch it without pain
his shirt discarded now

after that stain of salt shows in its grain
that birdbath can't contain his length
I shake my thoughts
scour that bowl with all my strength
I ache for more

"when the sky finally falls
I will hide under that now named manbath"






26 comments:

Jae Rose said...

What a beautiful reflection...how lost we can get in our thoughts..I would choose ice cream over a bird bath to cool down!

C.C. said...

I guess when the heat turns up....men jump into birdbaths??? Haha, great photo to go with your poem!!

brudberg said...

Ha. I think the birdbath is the right place once the heat is on.

Sandra said...

shake my thoughts"....like that !

Berowne said...

Come on, yield your place. A bird is waiting.

Gillena Cox said...

the bird bath's kind of a silly place for a grown man to find himself, but i gues the heat drives one a little wacky

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R.K. Garon said...

Aren't you just an interesting bird :-)
ZQ

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I can feel the heat - we have it here too. Record breaking temps. Just took the dogs for a swim.....I love the photo of the man in the birdbath!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

What a dripping hot write! Lol! Here in CA (USA) we are having the strangest weather ever. Spring in winter and winter in spring..who knows about summer? Lol!

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Such interesting imagery...heat can affect us this way!

'I am frantic in this heat
random things springs in the mind'

Elena Sands said...

I can feel the oppressive heat and taste the ice cream. :-)

Old Egg said...

I think he was supposed to fix it not sit in it. On the other hand it may be new and he was demonstrating to the birds how to use it!

Maria said...

"Manbath" Ha! nice.

thotpurge said...

I shake my thoughts
scour that bowl with all my strength.... love how this twist made the poem so wonderful!

totomai said...

the birdbath and the ice cream bowl, I think are one :-)

Emmanuel said...

God bless you!
Immanuel

Myrna R. said...

I like ice cream even when it's cold. Leave the bird bath to the birds I say. But I agree with you - thoughts do get muddy when we're almost having heat stroke. I enjoyed reading this!

G L Meisner said...

I'll take the ice cream over a bird bath.

Kathe W. said...

Ice cream please....

Helena said...

She does do a whole load of testing us does old mother nature! It would be great if the council built manbaths in the parks. I'd hide under!

DEE DEE said...

beautifully put

phil said...
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phil said...


This is so wonderful. You're a great writer.

~p

Kutamun said...

Yes , our collective birdbath grows poignantly smaller

fpasla said...

Beautifully written... I can feel the scorching heat.. Man in the birdbath; desperate need seeks desperate measures.. :)

Karen S. said...

Great fun magpie, and your closing quote is just the coolest. Manbath! Love it, and every Man Cave should have one! Hehehe!