Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Days

August days follow
one after another like links in a chain

weighted down by heat
I drag the sun behind me

an epithet

stirring dust devils
with each step

Written for Magpie Tales where Tess Kincade provides a weekly pictoral writing prompt.


  1. Beautifully done, Mary. I love "weighted down by heat I drag the sun behind me" — I know that feeling too well.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Lovely imagery, Mary, we could do with some sun here in Ireland.
    I have been entertaining my little ones over the summer so I havent been Magpie-ing much, nice to catch up.

  3. Hello, Madame.

    I like your take on the picture. The method was unconventional, but it turned out well. Good job.

    BTW, I appreciate your comment on my literati. Thanks. :)

  4. Kay - Thank you Kay. Thanks for reading!

    Brigid - Thanks, I would love to send you some sun; we have been getting baked here. Good to 'see' you again - always love your Irish yarns. I hope you and the family are having a good summer.

    Green - Green? Thank you; glad you stopped by. I liked your piece very much, and look forward to reading more from you.

  5. I think I need a tall glass of water now.

  6. It's interesting how the photo prompted heat and dryness in a lot of our poems!
    I like your succinct commentary, almost haiku-like!

  7. Tess - I'll drink to that!

    Nicholas (Nic?) - Yes, I noticed there are a lot of heated poems from this prompt. Of course here, in the mid-west we are in the midst of a long heat spell. Thank you, and thanks for following!

  8. The Dog Days of August often leave me feeling like I'm working on a chain gang! Great Magpie.

  9. You always create such feeling in your poems, wonderfully written.

  10. What an interesting piece...You made every word count...mighty summer some!:)

  11. You have captured the thought of heat and thirst in the prompt sure has been dry in my kneck of the your blog! :-)

  12. Helen - Glad you could relate - thanks!

    Deborah - Thank you, good to 'see' you here.

    Erratic Thoughts - Thanks, glad you stopped in.

    Carrie - Yes, here too it's been so very hot and dry, I miss the ozone layer! Thanks Carrie.

  13. I think the signs and symptoms (a nurse thing) of a superb poet is the ability to paint a clear picture with few words and images. My diagnosis of you is obvious: superb!

  14. there have beendays i felt as if i were dragging the sun behind epitaph...nice...

  15. Victoria - Thank you so much!

    Brian - Thanks!

  16. Thanks Dick! Not sure where the picture went that is supposed to go with it.