Singe

5 years ago.
Crumpled in the hallway,  lowest point of the narrow, brick-baked over-4 days heat cheap terrace house.
Magnetic to a chunking desk fan blowing damp air through an old towel  on to my still body.
Broiling, gasping and just waiting, begging, for the inevitable cool change to crash through.
Tuning the battery radio to news, and listening through the horror of the streaming, endless and unfolding updates.
Wandong, Marysville, Callignee, Flowerdale.
Names, bodies, towns and lives.
Weeping quietly there in the hallway- heat, tears and sweat.

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