A palm tree bakes in the sun in San Antonio on a hot July day. Photo by Don Mathis.
A palm tree bakes in the sun in San Antonio on a hot July day. Photo by Don Mathis.
Car dashboard temperature. Photo by  Darrell Pittman.
Car dashboard temperature approaching 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo by Darrell Pittman.

You know summertime has finally arrived
When you open your car but don’t get inside
Because the temperature is 125.

Rain clouds appear but then they quickly fizzle.
We’d be lucky if we just got a drizzle.
Any rain evaporates with a sizzle.

Electric bills will be astronomical.
A high thermostat is economical,
still, the kilowatt hours are comical.

Ten minutes outside and you begin to fry.
It’s so hot; you think you are going to die.
That’s the way it is in a Texas July.

But there is an upside to all of this heat.
The beauty of summer flowers can’t be beat.
Who doesn’t like the way the Crepe Myrtles creep?

Texas sage is one of the plants I love most,
But its magnificence cannot come as close
To the colors of the Pride of Barbados.

This is the time for the river for swimming
And check out the scanty clothes on the women.
I think it’s healthy, my wife thinks it’s sinning.

It doesn’t get dark now until nine at night.
So we’ve got these extra hours of daylight.
The July sun at noon is never so bright.

It’s so hot and dry, even the rust has dust.
And just when you think the heat index can’t bust,
You ain’t seen nothing till we get to August!

Crepe myrtles and Done= Mathis.
Don Mathis celebrates crepe myrtles in the summer. Photo by Susan Salzman.

*Featured/top image: A palm tree bakes in the sun in San Antonio on a hot July day. Photo by Don Mathis.

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Don Mathis

Don’s life revolves around the many poetry circles in San Antonio. His poems have been published in many anthologies and periodicals and broadcasted on local TV and national radio. In addition to poetry,...