Blog Action Day: On a Summer Day in Austin

October 15, 2009 § 6 Comments

heat-wave1This summer was Austin’s hottest on record: The National Weather Service reported that we broke the all-time monthly heat record on July, based on records that date back to 1854. And instead of the average 12 days of 100+ degree temps, we had 67 100+ days by August 30th.

The City imposed Stage 2 drought restrictions in September due to a drought so severe that it’s been killing local trees, and in October we’ve soaked in torrential rain.

It’s a new reality. During the heat, I ran with my dogs and a poem came. I’m re-posting it for Blog Action Day.

If you tweet about Blog Action Day or climate change today, use this hashtag: #bad09.


On a Summer Afternoon in Austin

Sweltering heat, shifting shadows, slithering
ripples cross tarry roads; my heel sinks into
the asphalt, the solidity of my traveler’s path
sunken now, as I swim through the

airless heat. All of us panting, dry, tripping lightly,
the pads of our feet playing hot potato with
the street beneath. But we need to run, we need
to smell the sweat of us and others who

are bold enough to brave this newness.
This apocalyptic energy that is our future.

Postscript: 105 is the new 90.


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