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You do not need to fear the heat


You do not need to fear the heat.

The willows arching overhead

will lend their shade.  Fear not

thirst.  Your old brown friend

the river is by your side.  Winds


will not take away your tent; 

you have tethered it.  Nor will

you know hunger.  One by one,

place the nut, the dried fruit,

the seed upon your tongue. 


Why then this vague dread?

Ahead, the utter afternoon,

when time hangs thick like

air trapped in a box canyon,

cicada drill the ears, and


nothing stirs except thought. 

You wish you were in need

of something you could move

toward.  Creatures, teach us

how to survive until nightfall!




Rick Kempa