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"One Hot Day"- from The Ruby of the Universe
- Dan Lukiv

this poem is from The Ruby of the Universe. The title is taken from a line in the final poem, and all of them explore themes related to war. click here to read the others.


One Hot Day

A girl
More than watches
Buzzing hornets and bees
Darting like heat-seeking
Missles, flashing inside a
Plume of apple
                  blossoms. And
In the hot breeze a petal--
A flesh-eating arm--
Falls,
Twirling through a whorled--
Reluctant?--dive,
Glinting, a snowflake with
What sort of
                character?
And then more petals abandon
Their stronghold:
                      paratroopers
Lost in Europe. A dragonfly
Lands like a Spitfire,
And a blue jay deftly searches
For ants on a limb.

The buzz is music,
An ominous roar
Above her ears and
Swimsuit. She shivers.
She loves the music and
The pink
(Her bedroom is pink),
But now, in a moment as long
As a sigh, she feels
Alone,
       peculiar,
As if abandoned in a
Wasteland.

Then:
Quick as a startled deer,
Or soldier,
She finds shelter,
Swimming like a white fish
In her small pool.


Dan Lukiv is a writer, educator, and frequent contributor to canadian content.
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