Colleen at Wordcraft poetry suggested writing a syllabic poem about the mythological Phoenix or Thunderbird.
Because I live in Phoenix, Arizona, I wanted to write about the city. Phoenix was named after the bird of myth, but is often associated with it because of the extreme heat of the summers. In reality, it earned the name because it was a new city built on the ruins of the Hohokam civilization. I wrote a double tanka so I could work with both notions.
With flat-roofed houses
and white adobe mission,
they built a city
on the ancient vill ruins
of the Hohokam nation.
of the fiery eponym
the city’s named for,
every summer it burns
to ash, then rises in fall.
Fall brings perfect weather, new and colorful flowers, and relief after the hellish summers.
As we move into summer, though, we do have lovely cactus flowers.
When I take Theo out I try to walk in shade because I am very aware of the danger of heat to his paws.