120° in the Shade

In  by September 15, 2023
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

Feature image credit:

"Castle Rock wildfire", by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, CC BY 2.0

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Susan Lee Simpson

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.

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