Breaking the heart of the air


High Summer 4_edited-72Claire Christinel

High Summer     painting by Claire Christinel


More wondrous August poems on this very hot evening…





And it grows, the vain


even for us with our

bright green sins:


behold the dry guest,

the wind,

as it stirs up quarrels

among magnolia boughs


and plays its serene

tune on

the prows of all the leaves—

and then is gone,


leaving the leaves

still there,

the tree still green, but breaking

the heart of the air.





The heat so peaked tonight

the moon can’t cool


a scum-mucked swimming

pool, or breeze


emerge to lift the frowsy

ruff of owls too hot


to hoot, (the mouse and brown

barn rat astute


enough to know to drop

and dash) while


on the bunched up,

corkscrewed sheets of cots


and slumped brass beds,

the fitful twist


and kink and plead to dream

a dream of air


as bitter cruel as winter

gale that scrapes and blows


and gusts the grate

to luff


the whitened ashes from the coal.


Source: Poetry (December 2009)



Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”

–  Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown 

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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