. Keep Calm and Carry On! “UK heatwave: Temperatures to rise to 41C amid extreme heat warning” ---BBC News “The first Red Extreme heat warning issued” ---British Met Office The BBC is roaring like the sun With news of scorching days of blazing heat. All burning thoughts of giddy, gleeful fun Are dreams that high minds shouldn’t deign to greet--- The Kingdom’s set to wither and ignite. It’s prey to Gaia’s torrid, tropic bite. This foolish, fevered theatre of dread, This woeful show of tragic consequence, This scripted piffle aimed to stress the head Of those not blessed with elements of sense, Will guarantee all revelry and sizzle Will ebb and flag and droop and sag and shrivel. I speak as a survivor of rare boils On British soil in days when heads stayed cool--- A splash of solar sass would never spoil Our joy with silly, sunless safety rules. This spell of sweatiness, this hellish bummer Should be embraced. It’s known elsewhere as Summer. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.