Heat Is a Lemon Lollipop — a Triolet [Poetry Friday]

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So, this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was a triolet on the theme of heat. I’ve been buckled under a number of deadlines and didn’t think I was going to make it. But on Tuesday, I carved out one 25-minute writing session, and this surreal little strangeness is what I got.

Heat Is a Lemon Lollipop

Can you tell that growing up in Florida was NOT the best fit for me?
I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have come up with!

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17 Responses

  1. Hey, that’s a great poem! I love the play with heat and lemon.….and lollipop. Well done. Carving out minutes to write. Oh, does that sound familiar!

    1. Thanks, Cindy–I DID, anyway, and I’m trying to focus on that! Hehe.

  2. Thank you for saying that even you, amazing writer, have to carve out time to write! It’s been HOT here this week too. I’ve been outside in my garden every day and I was joking that it’s like Hot Yoga without the yoga… very sweaty. Thank you for showing me more about what a triolet is!

    1. Oh my goodness, always, Susan! And I had to laugh at hot yoga. I’ve always thought that sounded like hell. I love yoga and miss it (wrist issues), but give me a cool, dim room with a/c and fans anytime! If you click on Tricia’s link, she actually explains what a triolet is, too. I just kind of dropped it and ran :>)

    1. Thanks, Dianne–check out Tricia’s and Tanita’s posts for more explanation (and likely the other poets, too–I just haven’t gotten to read everyone’s posts yet).

  3. I am loving all your group’s heat poems this morning while complaining about the cool weather and rain outside my window.
    Growing up in a hot hot hot semi desert area, I especially connect with this line:
    It presses down like burning bricks.

  4. LOVE the phrase “melts and bends and sticks” — because that really DOES remind me of a lollipop, including the sticky stick! I would have loved to read this one in school — it cries out for accompanying artwork. This would be great to discover together as an end-of-school-year read of what kids are and aren’t anticipating during vacation months!

  5. (I’m reposting in case this truly did eat my first comment.)
    I really LOVE the imagery of the sun as a lollipop — the phrase “melts and bends and sticks” is PERFECT — down to the imaginary sticky paper stick… you wanted that lollipop, and then… meh. I could see this as a perfect end-of-year read-aloud as part of a discussion of what kids are/are not looking forward to during the hot months! I really like this.

  6. Well–I feel like it’s hard to go wrong with a lemon lollipop image, and I like its melting, flopping attitude, like Dali’s clocks. You are definitely better off in Minnesota!

  7. I love the sound of the words “lemon lollipop.” And “make it stop!” is so true to my thinking already. Heat is here!

  8. You had me a sweaty knees. Yesterday, my eyelids were sweating. Time to stay indoors!

  9. Sometimes we have that ‘lollipop’ heat, but rarely. I liked the heat in Florida, just jumped in the water when it got too much. I love your summer musings, Laura.

  10. I love this, Laura, and agree with Heidi; lemon lollipop is exactly right. It’s been pretty hot here the last few days, but yesterday was the first day of humidity that pressed “down like burning bricks.” Stay cool this summer!

  11. Your poem is beaming of summerness, thanks for carving out some time for it.

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