Heat noise

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Heat crackles with the cackling of laughter,

shatters in brittle fragments

with the sparkle of broken glass,

glints like restless water,

and my head throbs with the whiteness of it.

Why so much laughter

and red shafts of anger

when all else is quiet?

Too hot for birdsong,

when the dust rises and drifts

on the wind of traffic noise.

Evening comes in a hot belch of exhaust

and the stink of other people’s cooking.

No peace falls as the tempo increases,

and the staccato whine of the world

is a sea of needle teeth to smother in.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

23 thoughts on “Heat noise”

      1. Am not writing much these day thats why it may have missed your eyes…okay whenever get a chance visit Thoughts…had tried varied subject to write on…

    1. The temperatures have been very erratic with lots of storms. I think we’ve reached a peak (34°C) so it will be stormy and cool for a while when it breaks.

      1. The word to describe our weather today is sultry. The people opposite are listening to heavy metal music while their small child plays with his plants on the window ledge. Incongruous.

      2. Sultry should be August. And that image sounds like a poem in the making. 🙂
        Our daughters used to love to play with their Barbies and little people on a window sill over our living room sofa. Now the window sills are cat territory. 🙂

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