halting hot, but scarlet daisies,
spring all over this parched grass, and
tortoiseshell butterflies flutter around
them, and me, sheltering under a
wide-brimmed straw hat, hanging
row upon row of washing, making
the most of this sun to surmount
mountains of laundry left undone.
The children play, in a curtained room,
with wooden blocks and puzzles, while
these scarlet daisies and butterflies
shine all over what had been a garden
where those children played, before
driven out by this infernal heat.
As grasses and beans shrivel to seed
and apples, maggot-rid, fall, and
dried skeletons of forgotten paths
rise from flattened fields, while
roads, runways and rail tracks
buckle in this fiendish sun, will this
summer distil spirits that move us
to sing of times to come?
M. Anne Alexander 's poetry generally explores restorative themes, relating to landscapes with personal, historical and contemporary significance. She began writing poetry as an outcome of counselling, flourished as a member of the award-winning Enfield Poets, and soon became widely published. 'Summer's still' first appeared in Dreich Season 6, Issue 2.