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Close Call

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Danger, Will

Heatstroke air today

Both hot and humid

You’d swear we were

Sitting, rocking, reclining

On a porch

In a Southern family drama

Spanning time,

Hope, and cynicism

Sipped by lemonade

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Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this

But once I asked a Southerner

How Southerners

Endured all the close heat

There

I thought maybe home remedies

Or some adaptation over generations

Here’s what I was told:

Air-conditioning

Sigh

No saga

Only appliances

Or a central system

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C L Couch

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First-edition dust jacket cover of As I Lay Dying (1930) by the American author William Faulkner.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91865318

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