A True Summer's Day
by Olivia Inwood

You saw the ravaged beast
Of the vast Australian outback
You’ve been locked up for a week;
A prisoner to the summer’s
Heat of paranoiac illusions,
Mirages and snakes turning
Into logs everywhere you go

You saw the ravaged beast
Perhaps when you were only two
You were a victim to the
Simulacra of the summer’s
Day and the el Niño
That wouldn’t vanish,
Led astray by the heat
As it tormented you
Saying with its wisdom;
Just stay indoors.

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