Gray shapeless sky…

Gray shapeless sky, like
A hot slab of
Slate suspended overhead, radiating
Heat. Radiating heat like
A dull gray blast
Furnace with a broken
Valve and no way
To turn it down.
Sweat from my brow,
To the handkerchief, to
The hip pocket, my
Dripping wet hip pocket.
A working man cannot
Stay out of the
Heat as advised by
The weatherman. Out of
The heat doesn’t pay
The rent, doesn’t put
Groceries in the pantry,
Doesn’t buy cold beer.

by Thomas Wigington

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