The Sun, it seemed, had moved in right next door –
Never had such heat been felt.
Covered in sweat from my head to my toe,
I was sure I was ready to melt.
The aircon was going full tilt on the wall,
Its innards were glowing bright red,
The fan was ready to lift off the roof
As I slumped in a pool on the bed.
The air was thicker than treacle, it seemed,
And I hung ‘tween the next world and this.
I must have dozed off ‘cos the next thing I knew,
I was floating ‘midst icebergs in bliss.
A seal bubbled by with a gleam in his eye,
Said “It’s quite warm today, don’t you think?”
I nodded assent to this maritime gent
And then he was gone with a wink.
It started to rain on my feverish brain –
In the shower, I then found myself.
The water was cold and I felt very old
As I reached for the towel on the shelf.
I looked out at the sky while I rubbed myself dry,
And prayed for a breeze or some rain.
The aching blue sky looked me right in the eye,
Said, “You’ll soon need to shower again.”
It was then that I knew, despite all I could do,
That my new next-door neighbour would win.
So, as I got dressed, while he set in the west,
I showered in sweat with a grin.
Sydney had a very hot and humid summer this year!