Summer Heat

Sharing Stories

Sundae not just for Sundays


I open windows for a cool breeze.

Hot stagnant air triggers a sneeze.

Feet and toes are hotter than hot,

big pan of cold water hits the spot.

Noisy nose, splashy toes, deep sigh,

conduct dog days music—spirits fly.

Found “all the fixins”—sundae treat,

soothing, tasty flavor—beat the heat.

Melt chocolate with whip cream mix,

stirring slowly, indulge a hot fudge fix.

Opened the door to chilly cold freezer,

frostier air eruption—ice cream teaser.

Summer heat twists hot and cold times.

Sundae all week, with or without chimes.

April Ryan is a Northwest poet who really rhymes!

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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