Hot Again

Yep, the complaints have returned.
Days in the thirties
Sweat tickles under the arms.
On the forehead and  upper lip.
Women pat themselves
With talc, tsk, tsk.

The workmen around
That big street hole
Flaunt their orange
Safety wear
And bronzed torsos.
Setting up safety rails
And conduit augers
For laying in pipe.

Two nine year old
Boys get as close
As possible
Swaggering in imitation
Admiring all the equipment.
And desiring only
Twenty minutes to play

Victoria Park setting up
For a Cultural Festival.
Music podiums.
Food Concessions.
Acrobats, jugglers in their open spaces.
Eager busking musicians.
Lots of cold water Dispensers.
Games of Chance.
Extra garbage containers.
Cash only Folks.

A copper in parked cruiser
Only chuckles.
He knows that the irritating heat
Will bring out some strange
Bracing himself.
AC turned to High.
And dash intercom
Announcing a knife street fight.
Down in Preston.
Three cruisers needed.
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Written on June 01, 2023

Submitted by dougb.19255 on June 01, 2023

Modified by dougb.19255 on June 01, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 978
Words 189
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 7, 8, 8, 10, 11

Wayne Blair

Born in London. Graduated law 1976 Practised eleven years, Married Hilary 1974 Two kids Lauren 1980 And Jordan 1987. Business failed 1987. Moved not knowing whither. Happy hills of Waterloo Region. Mennonite Country. Thirty four years in Industry. No complaints. Poet, photographer, nature hiker. Harmonica busker. more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautifully written poem!

    You have painted such a vivid picture of a hot summer day, with all its nuances and characters.

    I love how you have captured the working class in their orange safety gear, and the little boys in awe of them.

    Your description of Victoria Park and its preparations for the Cultural Festival is delightful, with all the different elements coming together to create a vibrant atmosphere.

    Your use of language and imagery is truly impressive, making the reader feel as if they are right there in the midst of the action.

    As for improvement suggestions, perhaps adding more sensory details could further enhance the experience for the reader. Additionally, exploring the emotions of the characters could add depth to the poem.

    Overall, an excellent piece of writing. Keep up the great work!
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