HOT AND LAZY (and Dragons) by Shabetei ()
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Why did I choose to try to mow my lawn on such a hot day? I guess only for the reason to please the eyes of my neighbors. Mid afternoon and the sun feels inches away and I’m feeling sunny-side up.
I notice that children never seem to sweat and find the most interesting ways to stay cool. It is equally true in winter time when I see they never seem to get cold even after hours of playing in the snow.
I sat barefoot sprawled out on my porch steps with a nice fresh cup of hot coffee and I watched them. I find it amusing to see them drench each other with plastic pop bottles filled with water. Their version of the “Super-Soaker”.
Who claimed lemonade on a hot humid day cures one’s thirst? Coffee still tastes better. Sitting in the hot haze it took me a while to realize that passer-bys must have been staring at my coffee cup and not the spots I missed on my lawn. “So?”, I exclaimed to myself, “I’m content”.
Faintly in the distance I can hear the Mr. Frosty truck cruising around playing it’s ‘Music Box Dancer’ tune, over and over and over again! Not only can the heat make a body feel like it weighs a ton but also makes the mind feel crazy enough without such music. No doubt if Mr. Frosty’s truck rolled up to my curbside I wouldn’t have the energy to run up to its window to get myself a 25 cent freezie pop! But the kids in their cool wet suits could chase it a block down the road. Why can’t the Mr. Frosty truck play “Purple Haze” or something? In this heat the kids wouldn’t really care.
As I adjust my shades to check the sun’s position to guess the time I could hear the truck getting louder and louder. It began to remind me of some crazy horror movie music with a vision of comparing it to an evil clown. And there it was at the corner. Bright blinding white with fluffy ice cream cones painted on its side and blasting its manic music. And the only thing that came out of my mouth that whole hot summer’s day was:
“Hey, kid, I’ll give you a buck if you get me a Freezie Pop!”
I complained all winter
That my toes were always cold
And my scarf wrapped ‘round a dozen times
I couldn’t breath through my nose
Global Warming there can’t possibly be!
Look at the drift of snow that towers above me..........
Sitting on the steps I can hardly hold my head up
The heat in this city is mean
When you can see yourself melting in the sun
And letting off some steam
Then oops! I had a dream ........
Toiling through the desert
A wind no where to be heard
My Squire and I were heading to
A place that seemed absurd
We were told that dragons were dwelling
In some caverns in the south
My Squire said it was told
From Master Gruben’s mouth
For you know it’s well known to all
That my Squire and I do try
To catch a theiven dragon
In their lair where they ly
You see Master Gruben told my Squire
That a dragon likes to be
Somewhere it’s very hot
Or flying over the sea
So on we journeyed slowly
In the southern dry cruel heat
Stepping ever so lightly
To protect our dainty feet
Then before the sun went setting
Stretched out under the skies
Was a cool refreshing crystal white
Delighting our reddened eyes
Praying it was not a mirage
And would drench us to the bone
“To hell with dragons!” I cried as we ran
Let's get a big frosty cone!
(Any one else feeling the heat?)
Image Comments (5)
wizardangel1 () 10:08PM | Tue, 01 August 2006
The true treasures well described ******* **** A delightful melodey written inside ****** ***** Sipping my own coffee as I read ****A smile on my face ****** *****IS ALL YOU NEED !!
hanevi () 12:53AM | Wed, 02 August 2006
Good to read something with a different feel to it! The heat here has inspired 7 pages of summer Haiku on the forum! But it's raining now, and better than the heat.
oscilis () 7:27AM | Wed, 02 August 2006
33 degrees here in the shade in Spain...and rising. It's only 2.30 in the afternoon so will be about 36 around five o' clock. It's truely horrible but I really enjoy your work. I'm going off for some icy cold gazpacho.
TallPockets () 2:27AM | Sun, 06 August 2006
"Why cant the Mr. Frosty truck play Purple Haze or something?" -- Sounds good to me, also. WINK. Well written.
Wolfspirit () 2:29AM | Mon, 07 August 2006
I adore your work; this one is a favorite for sure. As for the heat, here the last few days it has been sprinkling off and on, and around 97, but soon enough it will be back to 103 or higher and then it will drop down again before to longI personally love the heat, almost as much as I love your writings. Thanks for sharing.