protected against the brutal sun,
the windows stand covered
with bamboo shades and cotton drapes,
armor against the seasons heat.
fans whir and lift the curtains
as if to peek out to the world-
a winters feeling in mid summer.
the rooms oddly smaller
with no sky at the panes.
we read and wait-
staying cool and shaded-
longing for freedom
from our confines,
to the world beyond,
at the first sign of rain.