Cannicular Days

The day’s just begun
And it’s a hot one
Step out with caution
An hour in the street
I’m already beat
Destined for exhaustion

Warmth first felt a blast
To winter’s cold past
But now no relief’s in sight
The summer heat rays
Cannicular Days*
That stifles most of the nights

Seeping from within
Crawling on my skin
Sweat leaving salt trails on me
Humidity’s bane
I pray for rain
Just for my own sanity

Yes, summer winds down
Seeing leaves turn brown
But from fall or this hot spell?
I live for the day
It all goes away
From these hot Dog Days of hell

* Cannicular Days – Another term for the dog days of summer, coming from Canis – dog. The night skies proclaim dog days Orion’s dog – Canis Majoris, high in the sky with its brightest star being Sirius.

I learned a new (for me) poetry form! Welcome to the Alouette

The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, with the following set rules:  Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7 Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

At Tuesday’s Poetics Toni (Kanzensakura) challenged us to write about the infamous dog days of summer, which I missed posting by thismuch. But it’s now Open Link Night so I submit it here.


dVerse ~ Poets Pub | Poetics : Dog Days

dVerse ~ Poets Pub | Open Link Night : Week 153


22 thoughts on “Cannicular Days

  1. So glad you were able to link this here–such great work with the rhyme and the flow. My fear is that our ash tree turning brown has more to do with the drought than autumn. We already lost a gorgeous maple, even with extra watering.

    • Aye, it has been a hot dry summer, so sorry about the maple tree. I fear the glorious colors of autumn will be lacking this year, as we’ve had so little precip. Thanks.

  2. I love the summer sun and don’t mind the heat, ha ~ A little bit of rain though cools down the hot afternoon and night ~ Thanks for joining in ~

  3. Always exciting to encounter a new form; perhaps it will appear one day on MTB, & we can all get a crack at it, Your dog day poetic is bang on, sweltering, crawling with humid flop sweat. So glad you decided to share on OLN.

  4. Ah.. the Sirius Star.. is reALLy
    Serious.. Sirius IS Just
    inviTing challenge
    for grace
    wHere sweat
    can be cooling
    and welcome
    but oh
    my wife
    does not
    like THAT
    pArt of
    either.. but
    i for one..
    THE Challenge
    Of Grace OVER
    HEAT iN PasSiOnLiFELiGHT..:)

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