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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