Dog Day

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Dog Day


The day was hot

Hot and humid

Stretching out

Into a dog day afternoon


The boy was young

Young and stupid

Stretching out

Beneath the furnace sun


The tarn was cold

Cold and ruthless

Stretching out

Along the sunny banks


The swim was exhilarating

Exhilarating and cooling

Stretching out

And heading for the shore


The tarn demon was fast

Fast and lethal

Stretching out

To grab the young boy’s legs


The cramp was clutching

Clutching and deadly

Stretching out

Along his calves and thighs


The water was tranquil

Tranquil and glass smooth

Stretching out

Beneath the summer skies


The body was blue

Blue and stiff

Stretching out

Along the pebbled bed


The storm was cleansing

Cleansing and accusatory

Stretching out

Along the dark horizon


The night was calm

Calm and silent

Stretching out

Into eternity

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 14th Aug 2020 16:25

thanks for the kind comments and likes - glad you enjoyed it 😃

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Hazel ettridge

Wed 12th Aug 2020 13:33

Great poem - I could hear music - relentless beat, innocent, easy going.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 12th Aug 2020 12:43

A salutary warning and reminder that calm water can hide unseen
threats that can reach up and entwine limbs in their tendrils,
drawing and holding their victim(s) closer beyond life-giving air.

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