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The Heat Is On: Poetry Prompt

With climate change making our weather less hospitable and a heat wave roasting much of the planet, heat is on my mind. And it is the focus of this week's writing prompt.


Write about heat in any of its forms/meanings; below are some suggestions to get you started.


heat, as in passion

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg

heat and some of its slant and near rhymes: heart, hear, hare, head, heaven, heavy, heal,

heap, heath, heave, health, hearse

"Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas

heat up food

body temperature

hot flash

spicy food

hot, as in something stolen

the heat is on--pressure (and the Glenn Frey song)

hot on the trail

a race or one component of certain sporting events

slang for police or gun

hot, as in sexy

to get overly excited

hot pink

an animal being in heat

idioms: in a hot minute; if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen; in the heat of

the moment; turn up the heat; hot and bothered; hot potato; a hot mess; blows hot

and cold; full of hot air; hot off the press; hot spot




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