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Swelter Poems

Swelter Poems - Below are popular examples of all types of swelter poetry to share and read. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets of PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for swelter.

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The day I was born, is the day I begin to die,
That how the system is designed, there is no known answer even if one get to ask why,
For life and death without one there will not be the other,
Death...Read More
Categories: swelter, age, art, death, peace, philosophy,
Form: Rhyme

Premium Member Swelter
Moving through the day
In a blister of heat,
Sparks seem to spray
And bounce off the street.

Shadows are twice as black!
The windows sparkle gold.
The earth seems about to crack--
Frightening to behold!

Backed against a wall,
Moving along its side,
I give a desperate call;
There's nowhere...Read More
Categories: swelter, fantasy, fire, imagery, natural disasters, summer, sun,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Conifer's Confession
Numberless now ...
Many, the years since then
When I uncurled my toes and reached thru soil
Pushed up and spread out

While beneath me the richness of the earth nourished
Spreading tendrils through the dark and damp
To give me strength and secure purchase
Ring-by-ring my...Read More
Categories: swelter, appreciation, love, metaphor, nature, tree,
Form: Free verse
Brimstone Reign
Goodbye, Homo Erectus!
Talking monkey with the rainforest tan
Bent knuckles scarred ...
low brow crouching,
and arched eyes wondering — 
Looking at the bright yellow rock
dusk paper moon burning
Green banana hope 
is swelter swagger of nuclear dawn man

Bad buy, Homo Sapien!
Curious chimpanzee, ever...Read More
Categories: swelter, allegory, dark, memorial, visionary,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member Payment For Shade
Payment For Shade
Autumn 2019
By: Miracle Man

My payment for the shade,
during deep summer’s swelter.
Is that when Autumn comes,
leaves fall helter-skelter.

Autumn always brings with it,
A few unwanted chores.
Leaf eradication becomes,
my temporary job outdoors.

Our two acre yard is a hodgepodge, 
 of crepe...Read More
Categories: swelter, life, nature, work,
Form: Lyric

Premium Member Autumn Arrives
September’s almost coming to its end. 
The shining green that clothed the trees in June
Has darkened as the shorter days impend;
Their battered leaves will presently be strewn

Beneath the boughs, which tremble in the chill
That rushes in where winds till now...Read More
Categories: swelter, autumn, change, june, september, summer, time, winter,
Form: Sonnet
First Kiss
when a smile was locked in first kiss
syntax skipped superfluous words
in a magic spell, eyes forgot to blink

surfing and drifting along a shore 
missed lyrics of a song played out
thoughts caffeinated in exotic drink

a fragrant evening of white clouds
wished for...Read More
Categories: swelter, beauty, feelings, first love, girlfriend, i love
Form: Verse
Premium Member Chava and Gila, to the tune of Hava Nagila
Chava and Gila
Chava and Gila
Chava and Gila
   Happy Israeli girls

Dancing all night and day
Trips on the best airways
   Their lives were a breeze
   Doing as they pleased

...Read More
Categories: swelter, dance, fun, girl, jewish, sad, war,
Form: Lyric
A young girl giggles her way through the summer spongey swelter.
Her parents succumbed to the insistent call to close their eyes after a fried chicken picnic,
And the tow-headed two-year-old heeded the call of the nearby pond.
Glints of purest light reflect...Read More
Categories: swelter, hope, love,
Form: Free verse
Like a frowsy, dowdy
old housewife
I sit largely
stout and squat
a sort of kitchen sentry
rarely appreciated
until some minor crisis-

Cough, sniffle, stomachache
a particularly bad day
or fancy party...
then things heat up
quickly for me!

This was one of those
fancy party days
no cause to celebrate
for me!

Grueling stove-top...Read More
Categories: swelter, anger, feelings, humor, humorous, jealousy, perspective,
Form: Personification

Premium Member Ethnic Memory
I feel your pain
smell the swelter that rises on a
Louisiana afternoon in a wooden slave shack
hear chains in the metal sweat box,
a human bake oven,
plantation camps
fueled by the intense heat of a day’s hatred
children working
shiny backs stinging with salt, blood...Read More
Categories: swelter, black african american, slavery,
Form: Free verse
The Heavy Load
In the depths of grief,
The spirit faints
From the swelter of depression....Read More
Categories: swelter, dark, depression, emotions, grief, pain, sorrow,
Form: Senryu
Hot and Cold of Year
Hot and Cold of Year

Even when there were days of old,
Still was a winter  with much cold;
When we would run helter skelter,
Seemed cold and we would swelter.

Jim Horn...Read More
Categories: swelter, allegory, analogy,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member Minnows Nip At Bare Toes
Summer's tethered to the scent of a wild rose,
growing near streams where minnows nip at bare toes.
Spring’s spurring summer on, its tepid touch shows
freeing rivers and creeks that winter kept froze
and greening the dried grasses of the meadows.

A blazing yellow...Read More
Categories: swelter, 12th grade, beauty, fun, imagery, seasons, summer,
Form: Verse
Old Houses
We lived in many houses
throughout my childhood
'though some were worse than others
none of them were good

Some had moldy odors
that (at best) were most unpleasing
others had thick coats of dust
that left me coughing, wheezing 

One's floor had fallen out
another's ceiling had...Read More
Categories: swelter, childhood, house, humor, humorous, poverty,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Portent of Perseids

Bright day sets, burns my sorrow,

          Strewn stars to dust the morrow ...

                  ...Read More
Categories: swelter, analogy, metaphor, soulmate, star, true love,
Form: Rhyme
In the Snow
One day , as I was walking in the snow,
I noticed I'd begun to swelter so.
The snow won't stick together.
This is the damnedest weather.
What do you mean, white sands of Mexico?

Contest: As I was walking in the snow
Sponsor: Kevin Shaw...Read More
Categories: swelter, silly, snow,
Form: Limerick
Premium Member The Fireplace Channel

The fireplace channel was on our TV this morning
Got sweltering hot, let this lesson of mine be a warning
Don't try this at home
You'll swelter to the bone
Need a change of undies as sweat spots keep forming

...Read More
Categories: swelter, silly,
Form: Limerick
Premium Member The Fireplace Channel

The fireplace channel was on our TV this morning
Got sweltering hot, let experience of mine be a warning
Don't try this on your own
You'll swelter to the bone
Need a change of undies as sweat spots are forming

...Read More
Categories: swelter, joy,
Form: Limerick

      “... The closeness of the place and the heat of the climate, 
        added to the number in the ship which was so crowded 
  ...Read More
Categories: swelter, change, death, immigration, people,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Sunday Best
SUNDAY BEST or A Soldier’s Coup of Grace

Was always smartest one in his brigade
A pride in his appearance was consistent
Though beach at Dunkirk was no church parade 
Standards upheld with doggedness persistent
In desert waste - Tobruk and  Alamein
Those baggy...Read More
Categories: swelter, war,
Form: Sonnet
I Muse You
Oh my god, I miss you.
What is this ridiculous obsession?
The strings are frayed.
Heart pulling with violent aggression.
It's chambers fill with tears.
The muscle soon quivers.
When you leave it stops.
Leaving only withdrawal shivers.
My head is pounding
as the memory bell rings your name.
The...Read More
Categories: swelter, absence, feelings, i miss you, miss you,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Diaper Alert
My God!
what's in yond wind yee broke
doth burn mine eyes 
and make me choke.

Such bitter breeze
such wafting savour 
assaults mine senses
which flee in terror!

No sewage pit
nor stagnant mire
cans't rival thine
unholy power.

A road dead skunk
in a summer's swelter
would smell more like...Read More
Categories: swelter, baby, children, dad, family, humorous,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Why The Eagle Sees all
They say in the midst of a storm
all birds seek shelter,
but the Eagle flies high,
you see
he was born to glide above the swelter
his wings wide and mighty
he glides and strides,
beautiful like Aphrodite
smooth as the ocean tides
The Eagle sees all,
you see
his...Read More
Categories: swelter, bird, change, flying, inspiration, motivation,
Form: Rhyme
A Cornucopia of Delight
Autumn arrived bestowing a respite,
From the torrid summer’s swelter,
The air was fragrantly delicious,
Hosting copious birds-of-a-feather,
A cleansing taste of chill,
Permeated the still crisp air,
As a promise of relief from the summer’s heat,
Accompanied me everywhere,
The colors of the leaves,
Were a cornucopia of...Read More
Categories: swelter, autumn,
Form: Light Verse