Heat Wave

Small lakes form under armpits,
humidity prunes our faces
and on our brow
evidence of a hard day’s work
without the work.

How we envy the lucky
with their attic fans
and air-conditioned rooms,
their hermetically-sealed cars
and backyard pools.

We pray for rain although
the skies are endless blue.
Meanwhile the cool and rich
sip lemonade and barbecue
fossil fuels.