Homework: Define Caliente

White-hot día‚ sun burning
muy caliente. I am at my desk‚ windows
wide open‚ working in ink and sweat. Hot talk
from next door drifting in‚ smoke
and cinders from a smoldering fire‚ hot
daughter of la vecina‚ niña muy caliente‚
muy bella y caliente‚ hot-tempered‚
and angry mother‚ burning.
Flammable words‚ palabras calientes‚ matchsticks
thrown out of windows‚ still smoking.
At noon‚ la madre dice‚ “I am leaving‚
do not let el demonio enter.”
Daughter’s demon lover‚ hot chocolate boy‚
muy ardoroso. Pues claro‚ only minutes
after el mediodía‚ the devil enters. ¡Que calor!
They make love‚ amor muy ardiente‚ windows
wide open. I am at my desk‚ windows
wide open‚ working in ink and sweat.
Calor‚ ardiente‚ incandescente‚ abrasador‚
all synonyms for caliente.
Please use in a sentence:
“It was a white-hot día‚ ¡Que calor!
the sun burning muy caliente.”

Published in Blackbird, Spring 2008, Vol. 7 No. 1.
Available online at Blackbird Archive.

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