Thursday, July 18, 2013

Heat


We hit 92* today.  Molten lava, the sun was.  Melting the clouds from the sky; searing the green from the dogwood leaves leaving crisp, curled brownness behind.  Pouring coffee this morning, the warmth of the day teased me; its breath stirring the wisps of hair on my neck that had escaped the knot, whispering promises of fever.

Uncomfortable.  Sticky.  Complaints and wishes and visits to the pool.  The eastern sun blazes and the day slowly boils.

And yet.....another heat.

3pm and walking to the kitchen I am aware of the silky slide of my thighs against one another.  I fill my glass with ice cubes and take one more.  Its frozen kiss almost burns as I run it across my lips, down my neck, across my bare shoulder.  Shocking how quickly it melts, leaving dark trails dripping down the fabric of my dress.

Lovely, how such an...unpleasant warmth leads to another, more delicious one.  Damp skin and breathless lungs.  I sit on steps of the porch, Hazel stretched out across the boards beside me.  I shiver as the sweat tracing its way down my spine pools in the small curve at its base. 

And I wait.

We will eat with our fingers.  After the sun has fled and the house has gone to sleep.  We will drink from the same glass and I will lick the sauce from the edge of his lips.  For it is summer... 

May the world ignite.



12 comments:

Robbie Grey said...

Although it's not been in the nineties here-thankfully-your description was pretty spot-on to a muggy day we had just two days back. Ah, the monsoon.

terlee said...

"Lick the sauce" heat is the only way I really want to sweat.

I've lost count of the endless days we've been in the 90s this Summer. I think every state in the West is on fire...

Shea Goff said...

"May the world ignite."


You make me smile as I secretly wish for October. Silly, silly me.

The Loerzels said...

There's those spiders again...

ravenjanedoh said...

YOWZA! Good heavens lady! You are so incredibly talented ... I can feel the heat all the way here.

Chantel said...

Robbie--last night the rains came...such sweet delight! (and yes, I was out in the dark, drenched and running barefoot in the grass in the sheer joy of it!) lol

Terlee--those fires terrify me! I pray they stay far from your door, my friend.

Shea--*chuckle* I tend to embrace each season, but by the end of it--regardless of which one--I'm eager for the next. I know by the end of August I will be in passionate love with Autumn...

Marie--seriously, spiders EVERYWHERE!

Jane--you do make me smile, girl! :) I hope it's a bit cooler in your part of the world.

FrankandMary said...

Yes, it has been going mercilessly onward for a while. We had the 97 day with undulant, noodling heat waves. Saving grace~by the beach here it is a little cooler.

With wishes like bee stings, all its negative ephemeral beauty.

Brian Miller said...

i think it has just caught fire...haha...

yes it is strange how one heat bleeds into another....

and ice cubes...

smiles.

A Cuban In London said...

It's been equally hot, sticky and humid over here in the UK! :-)

Greetings from London.

Brian Miller said...

see i spoke too soon cause after wednesday, the hottest day of the week...mid 90s...we had a glorious cool down...in the 50s...had to actually put a light sweatshirt on in the mornings on the porch

Dee said...

Dear Chantel, and let us rejoice. Alleluia. Peace.

Brian Miller said...

hope you have not melted...smiles...thanks for popping in yesterday