Oh, so hot

Where is the rain that keeps being forecast? With all the technology that surrounds weather forecasting now you think they’d be a bit better at it – but every night the rain is shoved back a day or two and the sticky heat continues.

record heat –
a song thrush beats
against the tomato cage

– Sandra Simpson, Daily Haiku, 2011

humid afternoon
the chained dog
doesn’t run out of bark

– Paul MacNeil, Kokako 5, 2006

And just to put me in my place …

it’s summer; then
‘oh, let’s have winter’
some men say

– Uejima Onitsura, from The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse, 1964.