Lillian here, delighted to host today’s Poetics. It’s summer time in Boston and I’ve been thinking a lot about the word temperature and how I’ve related to that word across continents, moods and years. For example:
Standing on a ship’s deck, bundled in four layers of clothing, marveling at the shades of white and tinges of blue in the ice-clad terrain of Antarctica ~
Leaning up against a cool stone surface after a draining hike in Death Valley ~
Feeling ‘hot under the collar’ from anger about a person’s deliberate lie ~
Walking into an unnaturally cool room, smelling sickly sweet flowers arranged in baskets and stands around the coffin of my brother ~
Panicking at a thermometer reading of our ailing toddler, forty-plus years ago ~
A very early crisp fall morning near Lake Superior, snuggling deep into my sleeping bag while smelling coffee percolating on the campfire ~
Cursing a hot flash in the middle of a department store while Christmas shopping ~
So – it’s time to gauge your temperature – Marilyn Monroeish as in Some Like It Hot, or however the muse blows your creative juices. Somehow, your poem for today’s poetics should relate to the word temperature. No need to include the word in your poem – but we must be able to easily figure out how your poem relates to the word temperature. So let your ideas simmer for a bit….and then join me at a hot time in ye ole pub tonight!
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Hello all! Happy Poetics Tuesday. It is indeed hot in Boston today — 98 degrees.
But I plan to stay cool inside while reading your posts today. Looking forward to it!
Hiya all and thank you for hosting tonight Lillian! It’s still warm here after the heatwave, a bit of respite only with the freshness from the odd shower in the Highlands at the moment. I’ve linked up a haibun I posted earlier today and will swing by in a moment to read xxx
oh yes…..here in Boston we could definitely use a cool shower to ease the heat from the sun! Glad you’re here today, my friend!
Charmed Chaos said:
Hello Lillian and thank you for hosting! I’ll start working on something but may not have it complete until the AM.
Not a problem….take your time. Sometimes the creative juices need to simmer a bit 🙂
By the way….I do have a myriad of cool drinks to offer at the pub tonight for those of you in the midst of summer’s heat!
Hi Lillian and All. I enjoyed your intro of variations in temp you’ve experienced. 98 degrees is like an oven in a city! Glad to hear you are keeping cool. If you have Magner’s behind the bar, I’ll take a tall one please.
Magner’s coming right up! A new drink to me….an ale? Glad to see you here tonight, my friend.
Thanks Lillian! Magners is Irish hard cider that is so very refreshing in hot weather.
Sounds delicious! Coming right up….and I’ll have to look for it in Boston!
Lillian, they MUST have it in Boston.
Hi Lillian! Thanks for hosting at the pub today! Seeing Antarctica must have been wondrous — very cool! 🙂 OK, so I am going to scurry off, stoke my creative fires, and see what I can cook up. (all puns intended)
Ah….I always enjoy a pun! So, let’s get to once-apuning in these poetic tales!
Look forward to see what your creative juices boil up! 🙂
OK, got something hot and juicy — though it may not be for everyone’s taste!
Hi Rob: for whatever reason, neither my laptop nor my phone will read your Mr Linky and connect to your poem. Can you check it to see if it’s entered correctly? I’ll try again in a little bit too.
Rob: Nope….even when I go directly into the Mr Linky app (which I can do as a host who made up the prompt), and click on your link there, it won’t take me anywhere. And, I just clicked on your robustner underlined where it says robkistner said before you chat post here, and it won’t take me anywhere either. Can you check to see if something is wrong?
Lillian – I just clicked from Mr. Linky and from my underlined name, and it is working both ways for me. I also rebooted my site. I am not smart enough to know why you are having difficulty. I’ll have to wait to see if anyone gets through?
Would you please see if my link is working from Mr.Linky. I just posted a second link and they bith seem to be wirking from what I can tell? Thank you Lillian.
Inspired big by this today, Lil. Thank you.
(Drive-by poeming for now. Back soon to read.)
Just commented on your write….loving it and, I must add, I deliberately stayed indoors today to avoid that dragon-hot breeze!
Great prompt. It’s cool and wet here. The lawn will be waist high by the weekend! We’ll have to machete our way out…
Hah…..mowing lawns in the similar is to the task of doing laundry. You just get done and have to do it all over again! 🙂
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Lillian. I added a short poem that referenced cool nights.
Just commented on it Frank…liked the movement in temperatures within the write. Always nice to see you at the pub!
Charmed Chaos said:
And simmer it did!
Smiling I am!
Leaving the pub lights on, key under the door….and lots of beverages behind the bar, offered on an honor system…..take a beverage, leave a poem!
I’ll be back in the early AM with a hot steaming (temperature related chat here) cup of coffee to read what I hope, will be lots more posts!
Carry on folks!
sorry made a mistake, can you please delete my first post on Mr Linky?
No problem. With my second cup of coffee in hand, going over to read now.
thanks so much!
I went for a second one. This one’s a scorcher?
Hah….loved it…especially those blades!
larry trasciatti said:
I got an idea I really wanted to try out~
So glad you did!
Dry heat is easy, humid heat is challenging. Having grown up in a country with hot, dry summers, I found living in the northern hemisphere challenging with its combination of heat and humidity. More so because buildings are not designed for it in ways they are in India and Africa and northern Australia, where heat and humidity walk hand in hand.
Oh so so agree. Humid heat is so HEAVY it weighs on you!
An oddly challenging prompt, considering how much I write about the weather. As I am on vacation this week I have designated today to gardening and reading through all the poems on this prompt. Not sure I’ll get to my own–I have a million “temperature” poems in my archive, but have been struggling with one written for the prompt (this is a restriction I have set myself. I’m allowed to alert to the archive, but I can only share a new poem). Can’t wait to see everyone’s links!
So glad to see you here! Hope you enjoyed your gardening and reading! Living in a Boston high rise, I have some potted plants on our small deck…a challenge to keep them watered in this summer heat.