The Zen of Summer

I have started walking again, for my own good. As I rounded the corner of our street this morning, a thought spread into the following poem by the time I opened the front door:

In the sweltering heat of summer,
I wonder how far the Zen goes…

Can you think away
Your dripping sweat?

Can you unflush
Your reddening face?

Can you summon
A cool breeze to
Ripple through
Your matted hair?

Just how far can Zen go?

…It’s 8:30 am and the temperature is 85 with 95% humidity. My brain’s already begun to fry for the day, so when I see joggers out in the unhealthy afternoon heat, I have to think they are either purposely evoking heatstroke or they have mastered Zen.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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