Street Heat

The sun
bears down
heavy on head
and shoulders.
Pavement kicks up heat
brick walls bounce warmth
bitumen boiling
leaves pointing down
leaves crackling.
Hats go on
shorts get shorter.
Magpies panting
beaks open.
Galahs sit
wings akimbo
and emus
with hot feathers
walk into the sea.

Copyright Sandra Roe

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