Heatwave

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Photograph: Cycle Traveller

Hot,

still heat

hangs like a leaden blanket

Leaves droop,

their heads bent in torrid remorse

 

A single small bird persistently chirps,

yearning for cool, moisture

Its plaintive call falls

like dead leaves to the ground

 

The soil absorbs the day’s intensity,

a hot bed unsympathetic to plants

 

White glare is an abrasive

on this heatwave day

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