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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)

TITLE: H e a t . . .
By Susan Montaperto
07/14/09


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The grass withers anew each morning
The wading pools stand empty and dissipated,
their usefulness forgotten.
There is no end of open space in the streets,
back alleys and creeks.

The corn stands shrunken, parched and spare
The sweltering sun eliminates all traces
of carefully laid out garden places
The birds and butterflies flutter and flit about
desperate for any shade no matter how slight.

There are no child-borne echoes to grace the streets.
All sound abides behind doors latched against
the absence of thunderous rain beats.

Through the sultry curtain of the night,
the fireflies perform their fluorescent arabesques while
illuminating patterns of the utmost fragility and grace
There are no footfalls from young laughing shadows
giving chase to clasp these light-winged dancers
of the summerís eve.

Monastacy is preferred against the community of heat.

There is no rain, no sudden flash and splash
It is summertime and theó

ďLiviní Ainít Easy! ! !Ē


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Anita van der Elst07/16/09
I remember summers that felt just like that!
diana kay07/17/09
I like this poem, great use of words and very atmospheric
Mildred Sheldon07/18/09
Whoa! We have had that kind of summer so far. I dread the month of August if it is hotter then now. I know I will stay inside where it is air-conditioned. Loved the name of this piece. The other day it was 103 with heat index of 107. Enough said.
Deborah Porter 07/23/09
Hi Susan. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, H e a t..., actually did very well in the Summer Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 2, tying for 7th place in that Level. Well done!

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=383740

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)