Friday, 6 September 2013

peaches and ice water


fell in trickles -
like a soft cool shower,  
at the close 
of a sweltering day:

the pounding sun blasts  
melting, at last, 
into peaches and ice water 

that tickled - silent giggles -  
in the sweet, quenching afterglow 
of everything’s-going-to-be-alright

that – for a time –
lit the moments. 

note:  whether relief comes in the form of relief from physical discomfort or pain or mental apprehension or anguish - when relief comes, it seems to me, it leaves a light-hearted, refreshing afterglow (at least for a while).

photo:  Peaches and Ice Water – W. Bourke 

© 2013 Wendy Bourke


  1. Yes. You have zeroed in on the moment of refreshing, perfectly. After a sweltering day, peaches and ice water do make it seem everything's-going-to-be-alright!

  2. They certainly have that effect on me.

  3. I don't know how you're able to regularly write so many poems. I keep falling behind in my reading! :)

    Thanks for this refreshing afterglow of relief. BTW, ate a lot of peaches this week!

  4. Well, I find writing poetry is my mental health break in the day. I put on some light classical music or nature sounds, pick up a pen and note pad and I can feel my breathing deepening. I don't know how much longer I'll continue to blog - but I'll probably write poetry for a long, long time.

  5. Nice -- a cool shower at the end of a sweltering day.. And yes, I hope you DO write poetry for a long, long time.