Cape Town Summer 2011

by Elaine Edwards

it’s a hot dry season sisters
a cut- out Table Mountain
is pasted on a painted sky
a glassy sea collaged below
along the shore dune weed
blackens and crisps
exposing blinding sand beneath

it’s a long hot dry season sisters
sunburnt crags sweat
shrubs shrivel and curl
in sudden leaps of flame
smoke swirls
in nostrils
reddened eyes

it’s a long hot dry barren season oh my sisters
when will the sea smell sound
carried on the westerly wind
announce the rain
that will restore my heart
and saturate
my desiccated brain

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