the sand scorched
heat and absence
our monsoon rains are late this year

and tonight (at last the night)
the dogs will sleep
inside fresh holes

dug into the cool sand
not like this burnt afternoon
dusk, where the sun has gone

(I don’t know)
but her sting
biting still

boat on a Philippine island

Visiting Piagao Island at Nueva Valencia, Guimaras for an eco-camp last weekend — the heat when we first arrived was overwhelming. I was so grateful as the hotness of the day began to recede; and smiled the next morning at the sleeping holes bored into the sand by the island dogs. I too wanted one of those cool-sand holes.

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