Melt Down
by Veronica Hosking

So long Buffalo
Packed up our belongings
Left for warmer climate
Envious of sunny Arizona
Eighty degrees in February
Never looked back

IMAGE: Vintage postcard Phoenix, Arizona.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Back in November 1998, my husband had a splenectomy and we moved into my parents’ house while he was on disability. In February of ’99, Shawn moved across country to Phoenix, Arizona. Rachael and I followed at the end of June. As I write this poem 17 years later, Arizona is under an excessive heat wave. On Father’s Day we hit 118 and lost our AC for a couple hours. Still better than being buried under seven feet of snow.


AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Rachael napping on the patio of our apartment in Phoenix surrounded by the boxes we will pack up to move into our house.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Veronica Hosking is a wife, mother, and poet. She lives in the desert southwest with her husband and two daughters. Her family and day job, cleaning the house, serve as inspiration for most of her poetry. She was the poetry editor for MaMaZina magazine 2006-2011.”Spikier Spongier” appeared in Stone Crownsmagazine (November 2013). “Desperate Poet” was posted on the Narrator International website and reprinted in Poetry Nook. She has had several poems published by Silver Birch Press. Follow her poetry blog at