Texas sun hidden in the different shades of the sky
I saw dark blue, layered between light
Clouds that battled to occupy space
It is here that I hide my face
And watch grass and flowers opened their leaves
Can they foresee the oncoming drought?
Afraid for their beauty and youth
Captured in your heat
Obsessed with false protection
As I lathered on sunscreen, coconut oil and Shea butter
For it is all I can do.
Anxieties are drowned in bottles of water
Since your rays are vast and who could say
the difference felt if I lived else where
In Kuwait, South America or Africa
They cover their face too –
With avocado and thin chiffon.
Can they feel it?
The noose of dehydration, the woes of lines being indented in the skin
Then, how do we ever stay dolls when the giver of life calls us outside?
And how many pray to age well by scurrying in the shade in order not to squint.
It is said that wrinkles show character
A tale of laughter and disgruntlement
And why do I care?
To keep my body image in line,
With an umbrella flowing in daytime
20 minutes pass, I jolted in the front
to watch my dog play – and meditate on my vitamin A intake
my, oh my! How nice it would be
not to stare and finally breathe
without dark circles around my eyes
and I don’t want to blame a lack of sleep
since, you are the one cursing us all.
Just for the need of vitamin D
To pass out on the sidewalk
From the scorching