Sun Ra on a Hot Summer Day
It’s a languid, Sun Ra sort of afternoon, memories peek out from the shadows, thoughts soft and ill-formed. “Really, is that true?” I am left with, “I don’t believe I know.”
We have thirty air conditioners for these hot days and they all open. Proper interior temperature management requires actively opening the upper and closing the lower, or reversing that to enhance convection, attending to which sides, east, south or north are too warm and closing those windows, then opening them as our Earth turns east away from the sun.
To manage this efficiently, one would scarcely leave the house.
It is all so startlingly simple, though, isn’t it?
The heat has passed for now. A cool, dry breeze blows from west to east through our windows, all open now, with still pungent smells of kinnikinnic, wild monarda, and wild geranium, catmint, salvia, yarrow and cotton lavender.
Also passed is the full moon, today, releasing her grip on me, letting me alone another 25 days, back to baseline.
Sun Ra entices and I am drawn to sway, late July afternoon, waning days of my life.
Geoff Shōun O’Keeffe
July 24, 2021