Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thirsty - One Shot



Blazing sun strikes the green leaves
draining them of life giving moisture.

Trees bow under the weight of the sultry heat,
begging for relief.

Life giving water usually falls from
the swollen gray clouds so missing from the skies.

Are we now in the tropics?

Has our planet begun another life changing turn on it's axis?

Is it just a hot week in a typical summer with unnecessary
worries brought on by a society driven by a media ever on the
watch for more ways to thrill and frighten the masses?

As we hurtle through space on this lively,
spinning ball of mud
is there a plan?

Is there a guiding hand?

Is it all as random as the landing zone of pebbles thrown skyward
and left to plunk in the dust of a rain parched terrain?

There is only one certainty -

It's too hot to think deeply today.

Hand me the hose and a lemonade.
The trees and I are thirsty.


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34 comments:

One Stop - The Place For Poets & Writers said...

Ooo I love being first

I hope you have a fan and some ice.

We live where 110 -120 in August is normal. Its been cool 100. I can't complain we have a pool and A/C - visitors welcome

your poem is inspiring me to take a dip

thanks for taking a free throw at One Shot

Moon smiles (as always)

anthonynorth said...

Sizzling words and pic.

dustus said...

One shot always makes me thirsty! lol Great poem, Monkey Man. Through the oppressive heat, you pose some deep questions :) Happy One Shot!

Steven Marty Grant said...

Last week was hot and humid death in NYC, this week a cool wind has invaded from the north; crazy!

Great post

J. said...

Here here! Leave it to the birds and I'll have a Gin & Tonic:)

Great poem:)

Pete Marshall said...

really enjoyed that and the questions you raised..somehow i cant help but think the media have a lot to answer for with regard to the hysteria of global warming..also interested in moonies swimming pool sounds a blast!!! thanks for linking up with One shot ...pete

annell said...

I like the images you have rendered, your use of the word hurtle, which brought to mind huddle -- frighten masses....all so well done....and it has been too hot, but today blessed reprieve in Taos, New Mexico. The weather has turned a little cooler, and the wind whispers secrets of what is to come. Leave fear for others.

Unknown Mami said...

I say it is organized chaos with probable results given certain circumstances.

Beachanny said...

Amen. Over 100 in SanAntonio today. I will be happy to get to the 90s at the beach with a breeze. Yes, we're all stirred up with worry, but summers are hot, and winters are cold and they still turn with the winding of the ball. You did a good job of exploring our consciousness. Thank you.

PattiKen said...

Can you say 'global warming"? Great job, Monkey Man. "...lively,
spinning ball of mud" is a great line. And I love the ending.

TALON said...

Monkey Man, I love the profound questions pondered and then pushed aside. The heat definitely does that...makes thinking too much of an effort. Really enjoyed this!

Neva Flores said...

Tremendous poem with such a lively ending.....

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i will take a hose and lemonade anyday...but i do like a bit of deep thinking just no on a hot day...smiles. nice one whot monkey!

Desert Rose said...

As if you wrote my mind Monkey man..the heat is melting my mind..yet,it is still working with extra lemonade..on the rocks..;) totally beautiful your piece..lovely one shot..:))

beginningpoetry said...

Solid and fun to read. - Bill

lakeviewer said...

And you live in a temperate place! I'm enjoying my slightly warmer coastal temps these days, one or two degrees warmer than in the past; they are a welcome change after all that rain.

Autumnforest said...

Expressed beautifully! It was 111 and humid here today--I think we ARE on the sun!

emily wierenga said...

LOVE the last line. and LOVE the photo. incredible. you should join me for imperfect prose on thursdays. peace, e.

Larry said...

Cool and I like it ... To Hot to think . Boy do I agree...

Cheryl said...

This explains a lot. It got cold here and my thinking is so damn deep I think I'm stuck in the primordial ooze. Love that photo to death.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

homemade lemonade?

I can't wait for the summer to start here.

Tony Single said...

Mate, I love how you balance humour and navel gazing in this little poem. I really love your light touch in this! :D

senderupwords said...

Great one shot Monkey Man... Love the questions you pose and the line;

"It's too hot to think deeply today."

Be Inspired Today! Love and Light,

John's comments said...

Its high 50's here, grey and raining - even had to give up sandals and shorts. Lovely weather! Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my poem The final seaside trip. I hope you have a good week!

signed...bkm said...

Great...all thoughts that humans think, the whats, the whys...then the reality and the giving in to life ..too hot to think...fulfilling a much dire thirst....blessings...bkm

Claudia said...

Prost! as we would say in german for cheers!
"sweaty" poem - and now i'm thirsty as well...

Ben Langhinrchs said...

Truly a hot and sweaty summer, and your poem captures the thirsty side of it all. Fun.

kavisionz said...

Ahaaa... heat indeed! Thankfully, it's been raining here (and hence cool too) for the last few days..
A beautifully crafted poem.. and the picture was awesome! Was it digitally remastered to give the appearance of sun rays? Either ways, it's beautiful!

Loved the end!! I am thirsty.. but today, what with the cool weather and all, it's gonna be HOT tea for me! :)

Nice one, MM!

Nessa said...

I am wiping my brow over your red hot poem.

buttercup600 said...

I loved this, remined me just how much I long for warmer days here in Australia!! You have captured it masterfully my friend x

buttercup600 said...

I loved this, remined me just how much I long for warmer days here in Australia!! You have captured it masterfully my friend x

Cor said...

Great poem. I like how you connected the weight of the media in our lives. It is a huge topic of discussion that could go on forever. Keep up the great work!

she said...

cute.

Marla said...

Nicely done, MM. I, for one, am ready for snow!!