Watermelons – Visual Verse

Thank you Visual Verse! Some excellent writing here. Enjoyed Sheikha A’s SOS poem a lot.

Visual Verse is an anthology of art, poetry, short fiction and non-fiction.

They supply an image every month and invite writers – published or unpublished – to submit a piece in response. My poem for May is titled ‘Watermelons’ -a fruit for this hot season.

Source: Watermelons – Visual Verse


A Desert May

Brighter than my sweetheart’s crayons,
a yellow ball in the cloudless heights
Hum of air conditioners sets the tune
for summer’s boisterous breeze
Sand flies across the sizzling outdoors
sticking to sweaty, tanned necks
The bluest sea view from the kitchen window
to cool the fumes from frying brains
Ever thirsty, the potted money plants
languidly lean upon their trellis wall
while Kitty yawns her pink mouth away
under the whirring coolness of expensive air.
The palm trees laden with new date bunches
green slowly going the golden way
Bermudas, flip-flops, sunhats galore
camp and gala times beckon ahead.
Salt from sweat and sea soon unite
Sultry waves lapping below ice lollies
Air tickets , shopping, last -minute buys
as migratory birds get ready to fly
to monsoon’s hideaways
Hot and humid yet a joyful reason
to enjoy the warm gifts of sunny days
A time to bake in the scorching dunes
in a desert’s fiery season of May