Drunk on Spring Air

Cauldron LinnI take an intoxicating gulp

of air as I step out the door.

Delirious with joy,

I sense a slight hint of warmth,

the barest scent of growing things.

 I breathe in

and in

and in . . .

like someone who has been

suffocating,

I just can’t get enough

of the balmy feel

in my lungs

and the heady whiff

of summer coming on.

At Lake Owyhee

Leslie_Gulch_reservoir _reflections

Photo by Eric Valentine of Praise Photography
http://www.praisephotography.com

Dense suffocating heat

extracts my soul –

I gasp.

Hot Wind Blowing Over Lake Powell

We lay in our bunks,
lined up and layered
like bananas
in a fruit dryer.

Outside,
insects hummed
and waves broke
against the hull.

Inside,
my body was still
as a corpse
while the sirocco
breathed hellfire
into my skull
and vaporized
my blood and sweat.

(Special thanks to Reid Stott for letting me use his photo “Storm over Lake Powell.” His photo site is http://photodude.com)

Nascent Spring

The hills still wear their faded Army drabs.
Used motor oil oozes where the Snake River should be.
Naked trees stand exposed beneath a blue-less sky.
Dusty, dirty leaves lie crumpled,
cluttering the banks of a small stream,
and someone certainly must have sprayed
the shrinking snowbanks with leftover watercolor water.

But like a fetus gestating in its mother’s womb
tiny water cress plants grow in a trickle of runoff
and baby ferns peek from beneath
the brittle brownness of last year’s reeds,
heralding the imminent greenness that
will sprout from every tree and spring
from every hill until the whole world
is swollen with summer.

July Heat Wave

By Judy Grigg Hansen

the sun
toasts the grass a crispy brown around the edges
sidewalks
radiate stored-up heat through the soles of shoes
air conditioners
belch overheated air like old-fashioned stoves
baking asphalt
softens and oozes, sticking to shoes and tires
and the air smells like dragon breath.

Summer Is For Nine-year-olds

                       9
By Judy Grigg Hansen

stray change in the sofa bed
hawking lukewarm lemonade
6 x 8 is 48
secret hideaways
no TV till after 3
7 x 9 is 63
roly poly roundup
rocks in a Nike box
no bears are out tonight
7 x 7 is 49