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August Afternoon
by Dawn Richerson

Monday, August 30, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Hot
August afternoon.

An old, electric fan circulates
the muggy air. Its
noise
fills my mind
with the disconcerting sound
of a brigade of super-sized flies
descending
or the chopper that lands
too late
on the battlefield
where I lie bloodied and
withering.

Your absence
clings more to me
than the humidity.


I stare into
flowered blades
of North, South, East, West
blended
to a blur
that sucks me,
willing, wandering soul,
into
spiral-spinning,
man-made momentum
meant to
reinvigorate
staid surroundings
with winds of change.

Where is Autumnís
God-fan, golden
dying time?


Swirling metal,
razor-sharp,
cannot slice
pain
of separation and
eddies of forced air
fail to cool
passionís flame
or revive me
from winterís loss
of hope and you this
hot
August afternoon.

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Reviewed by Dan Zuewski (Reader) 8/31/2004
ugh the humidity is the worst... I can deal with the heat but not the stickiness... this poem works really well with the imagery of the fan... that just spins without cooling...
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 8/31/2004
wow, misty autumn lady poem, watching leaves and trees fall,
and the other out of reach, beyond the branches and the garden.

k
Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/31/2004
Searing pain and detachment abound in this vivid and potent write , Dawn...
Peter
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/30/2004
Great descriptions!
Reviewed by jude forese 8/30/2004
powerfully penetrating and well sculptured poem ...
Reviewed by Elaine Carey 8/30/2004
unique symbolism--I like the way the fan is connected to all those feelings.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/30/2004
Excellent write. I love the "super-sized fly" image! Great style as well as content.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/30/2004
Dawn this has such depth,yet it seems almost surreal,
and full of emotion at the same time. A rich mixture of
poetic thought...
Reviewed by Sue Hess 8/30/2004
very nice flow to this, moved nicely from fan to chopper...from space to space, time to time. i like it
Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 8/30/2004
Hi Dawn

I liked all these, and they most certainly did seem to speak to a center of me, I suppose like the fan itself constructed, with a rolling center. The first one showed allot of imagination, to sa the utmost least, witht the the chopper, I liked particularly the second one. "flowered blades", "blended to a blur" and also I did like wondering soul too although many might claim it cliche ish, I liked it right there. and it also had passion in it, and honesty, ty Al



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