heatwaves roll across the country
ripples shimmer in the air
flowers glow in golden fields
the cycles of life press onward
while we humans take cover indoors
retreating to air-conditioned spaces
weary of the heat and humidity
if one braves the heat
we’re rewarded with sweat
rivers pouring down our skin
cooling bodies and soaking clothes
heat permeates my body and soul
the chill of winter finally baked away
I actually like the heat, tending to run cold with numb extremities in winter. Summer allows me to finally bake the chill of winter from my body. Plus, I love to wear shorts and minimal clothing. I even hike and bike in the middle of the day while sane people are working or hiding at home! Sometimes the heat is oppressive, and sometimes it is comforting like a heavy blanket, wrapping me in a layer of warmth. When the heat is too much, I venture to a local lake for refreshment. Sadly, this beautiful one was not open for swimming.
Heatwaves have been rolling across the country with extreme events like droughts, fires, hurricanes, tornados, and even fire tornados. Thankfully, locally we only had a couple of heavy thunderstorms with winds and many hot humid summer days. I noticed that Death Valley, CA just set a record for summer temperature, hitting 130′ on 8/16/2020, the hottest since 1913!