First Line Friday: July 30, 2021

Dylan Hughes is our host for the fortnightly First Line Friday MLMM challenge which alternates with Jim Adam’s musical one.
This is our picture to work with

and our line for this week is:

August approached in a golden sweltering haze.

August approached in a golden sweltering haze.
This was usually a time for most to be taking time off and vying for holidays in the sun.
Gone was the gloom of rain and dark skies, the threat of storms and winter snow.
Instead, offices were stuffy, windows thrown open as air conditioning was not the norm.
Fans would be going nine to five, tempers would flare as temperatures rose to uncomfortable heights, the work force wilting like gorse in a bush fire.
Those out on the road delivering vital supplies found themselves stuck in traffic jams with no respite, vehicles overheated and were abandoned on the roadside.
Deaths began to mount, first the elderly and infirm, then the younger population.
As August approached, few could enjoy the potential heat and many took shelter in the shadows, but their efforts were futile. It was too late.

August approached in a golden sweltering haze.
It was the same everywhere, every month, every year. There was nothing else.
Now there was no-one left to see it……………… or worry.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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25 Responses to First Line Friday: July 30, 2021

  1. willowdot21 says:

    A glimpse of the near future 💜

  2. Oh, this could a darker turn than expected. Well written!

  3. Sadje says:

    A dismal ending.

  4. A cautionary tale, one that could come true all too soon. Great take, Di

  5. Catxman says:

    The poem strikes a chord with anyone who’s ever sat sweating in an office, wishing the air conditioning would turn back on so they could relax. This heat is killing us!, you think, and then you wish you hadn’t thought that, as it just makes the heat more unbearable.

    — Catxman

    http://www.catxman.wordpress.com

    • not actually a poem, but thanks for the comment.
      Have been in a sweltering office with no A/C and a fan going, much to the annoyance of my fellow workers who said they were in a constant draught!

  6. The truth is nigh Di – nice post despite the gloom – sadly this is potentially closer than many might think.

  7. Oh no! Covid round 2!

  8. murisopsis says:

    The conclusion that seems inevitable with the shift in climate….

  9. Lorraine says:

    A glimpse into the future, perhaps? I am no longer sweating in an office but remember those fans!

  10. Maggie says:

    Such a descriptive piece, Di. It could be representative of so many things in our current world.

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  12. Carol anne says:

    I love it Di! Well done! Old post but I’m catching up! 😀

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