It’s summer in the southwest when talk about the changing weather gets hot when resistance weakens and drought-spiked fevers linger longer and longer when surface water shimmers reflect our own empty promises when even Russian thistle give up their bony hold, tossing skeletons into the wind when temperatures bring a rain of feathers and spark wildfires best to see those flames for what they are: consequences of us making light of it
Copyright © 2023 Susan Lee Simpson
"Castle Rock wildfire", by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, CC BY 2.0
Susan Lee Simpson is an emerging BIPOC poet and collage artist seeking to create connections through the written, visual, and book arts. After leaving a 30 year prepandemic career in research/statistical consulting, she is enjoying a new chapter of life, full of right-brain awakening. She lives and creates in Chapel Hill, NC.