Too Hot to Handle

        by Christopher Patchel and Michael Dylan Welch

Written by email in March 2010, and first published in Haijinx 3:1, December 2010.



dog days

the wait until dusk

to water the lawn                                                         Christopher


        my can of soda

        sweating too                                                         Michael


a double scoop

melting faster

than I can lick                                                               Christopher



the steering wheel

too hot to handle                                                          Michael


        the white circles

        our sunglasses shaded                                        Christopher


lost . . .

heat shimmers

ripple the freeway                                                        Michael