Some people eat ice cream or drink iced tea, some go swimming, and others nap on a blanket under a shady tree -- and I enjoy these pleasures, too -- but lately, I've been seeking relief from the heat (and to be honest, other stresses) by reading poetry.
Here is a selective sample of poems I discovered through my favourite blogs:
Addendum: I feel the need to tie this post to gardening. OK, here is the connection. Until today, for the past week it's been too hot to garden on my south-facing balcony with its glass railing and heat-amplifying deck. Even some of my nasturtiums got sun-burned. So, I've been taking refuge in the coolest room in my apartment, the office, and spending a lot of time online reading blogs. Well, one blog leads to another and it really isn't much of a leap to go from gardening to poetry. It's really a natural pairing.