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When the Oven Dances with the Icemaker - July 30, 2023

I imagine it’s cooler up there

in the wake of that red-tailed hawk

even cooler higher where

vultures wheel in perfect orbits


here on the desert floor

everything tosses you their heat

more than a giveaway they

insist take it - we don’t want it


walls sidewalks the wind

the sand even the shade whispers

come on in – I’ve got something for you

ha another sultry gift


so we run inside to cool down

even further into our memories


a spring of jacketed mornings

pool water that tingles the skin

a rising sun to help the hot

coffee warm chilly fingers


at twilight we come out

to watch the bats bank

feel the aerial turn

of the temperature


as darkness slowly sweeps away

the heat of the day


we can only sigh

at the shimmering stars

burning holes in the night

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