Nod to Outdoor Workers

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Hot time in ye ole pub tonight!”
(posted by Lillian)
“Lillian here, delighted to host today’s Poetics. It’s summer time in Boston and I’ve been thinking a lot about the word temperature and how I’ve related to that word across continents, moods and years. 

So – it’s time to gauge your temperature – Marilyn Monroeish as in Some Like It Hot, or however the muse blows your creative juices. Somehow, your poem for today’s poetics should relate to the word temperature.”

If the Acme Thermometer Company
was in charge, balls of blood
red would be leaping out of
the tops of thermometers,
as the boiling point was
exceeded. I watch outdoor
workers in wonder–landscapers,
cement workers, construction
crews. Everyone complains
they cannot live without
air-conditioning. The outdoor
workers have stopped listening.
The Acme Thermometer Company
is hard at work.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to Nod to Outdoor Workers

  1. Leaping balls of blood read really stand out


  2. lillian says:

    Oh my…I was seeing the Mercury red blob rising in a thermometer. We still use one of those even though so many have gone to the digital. And oh yes…my heart goes out to those who must work outdoors in extreme temperatures!
    I liked your take on the prompt.


  3. whimsygizmo says:

    Those “blobs” made this SO vivid, Sara!


  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    It is amazing how people can work in the heat. However, sometimes the air-conditioning seems so cold in public buildings I can’t wait to get back outside again. Until I realize how hot it is.


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