Warm paws on the scolding pavement

Dog: Mum. Me: No. Dog: Mum. Me: No. Dog: But muuuum. Me: You are a grown up pup now, you do not need to be carried. Dog: But I’m tired. Me: So am I. Dog: And I’m thirsty. Me: Me too. Dog: My paws hurt, the floor is hot, muuuum. Me: FINE BUT THIS IS THE…

The sizzling burn of skin

My skin is blistered Angry it moans about the mid-afternoon heat, Raw and painted red Skin screaming in defeat. The air is stagnant No cool breeze for relief, The sun’s rays pinching me Eyes watering in grief. I wish I could sail away Chilled sea foam slipping between my toes, Cold water easing my discomfort…

SUN’S OUT BUMS OUT

“It is time!”  Bum screams, laughter echoing ominously in the street. “Nah, I think I’m good,” she replies. “It is time!” Bum repeats. “Nah… I’m honestly okay, you go have fun.” “Bu-but, the sun is out… so it is time!” Bum says. “Time for what exactly?” “Short shorts,” Bum sneers, giggling. “Nope, hell no.” “Look, that…