What’s In a Hot Flash?

Without warning

Skins prickles, electric

Fingers clumsily thicken

Hands unexpectedly sticky

Chest fires, discomfitting

As if unwanted passion inspired

Climbing, perspiration beads

Upon forehead, upper lip

Hair weightens

Scratchy shag-wool cap

Extraneous layers shred

Later, in cooling, re-donned

Tribulation of middle-aged women

Flashes, hot waved, through her

Recalling exasperated lamentations

From women power-surging afore

She notes perspective’s ironic gifts

Daily licked by hell’s hungry fires

Hot flashes a flash in the pan

Menopause a trivial inconvenience

Amongst daily soul-searing encounters

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