400. If you can’t take the heat, don’t tickle the dragon. ~Author Unknown

Everywhere were peace and stillness,
as though all the elements were obeying
a sacred law of calm and silence
imposed by the blazing heat.
~Sadegh Hedayat


Can you read between the lines in the photo?
The flower that mimics the sun declares
The summer solstice is soon to be here.
And as the sun ascends her ordained throne
She’ll open the door for the surly beast of heat
That metes out wretched misery till the north wind
Comes to blow the dragon back from whens’t he came.

Typically here in Texas it’s the arrival of the solstice that “tickles the dragon.” Then he begins day after sweltering day to show us little to no mercy; sometimes the fire breathing beast even stays well into September and October. And as “the sun, like a golden knife…steadily pares away at the edges of shade” and we feel the “ache of the street’s burn” we who live here flee “with a grimace of heat” upon our faces from one air conditioned space to another. And oh how I thank the Holy One for those air-conditioned spaces! Rachel Caine put it this way, “God, it was hot! Forget about frying an egg on the sidewalk; this kind of heat would fry an egg inside the chicken.”

Hear my cry for mercy as I call to You for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. ~Psalm 28:2  ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace! Like Saint Hildegard Lord, may I too be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

7 thoughts on “400. If you can’t take the heat, don’t tickle the dragon. ~Author Unknown

  1. That was a fun post to read, Natalie. “Tickle a dragon…” tickles my fancy! 🙂
    p.s. I’ve started some sunflowers from seed–can’t wait to see their heads…. rise to skies….eventually!


    • Good, I’m glad you thought it was fun. When I took that photo I decided I wanted to have some fun with it. Oh you’ll have to post pics of your sunflowers. These that I have right now the birds sowed for me by knocking them off their feeders. Gotta love that, huh?! Blessings and hugs, N 🙂


  2. yes, heat, summer heat—I feel your pain. . .
    and love the Hildergard reference.
    As well as the sunflower. . .
    I pressured washed today so it was like being in a pool or sorts as the hose leaked, therefore I stayed soaked, which made working outside rather nice 🙂
    praying for some relief your way–as in some showers–
    Hugs and love
    a dirty and wet cookie


    • Yeppers, I expect it gets pretty darned hot where you are too. I have never adapted to this heat here and spend most of the summer complaining about it. Mom used to tell I’d get used to it, but I just never have. So this time of year I only work out in the yard early in the day or an hour or so before dark. But then after awhile it will still be 100 or so when we go to bed at 11. Hugs, Natalie 🙂


  3. Your brilliant sunflower dynamically announces the arrival of the long hot summer and the unbearable heat waves.Its long yellow petals resemble the hot sunrays that burn our skin and make us feel listless… Most timely post dear Natalie !!!
    Love ~♥~♥~♥~ and kisses ,Doda :-)))


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