TEN SECONDS

TEN SECONDS

A distant rumbling amplified

the silence around me.

My breathing roared within me.

I whispered lightly, making sure I

wasn’t deaf.  I held my breath and then

released it into ambient stillness.

The clouds possess a cotton smoothness.

The leaves appear asleep, unconcerned

for impending winds and rain.

I feel insignificant at the bottom

of this gray bowl of weather waiting

to happen.  A coolness crosses over me.

Not a breeze, but a wave without sound.

I am chilled for the moment.  I button

my coat.  There is a flash of lightening.

I count the seconds before a muffled

impact reaches me.  Ten seconds.

Close enough.  I step inside.

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