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April 29, 2014 / austreberto

lightning counts (day twenty nine)

lightning counts


we sat together under the dinner table

waiting for the brightness to envelop the sky

during the pitch blackness that crawled its way into the evening


my father

softly counting the mississippi’s

between the flash

the silence

and the crash


never in sync

there was always a delay

even if it was directly overhead


just off tempo to the music of the rain


i was told

that the distance between the light and the sound represented the distance of the storm from us


after a certain point

i always wanted to follow it


the thunder

a perfect low rumble


but i could never run fast enough

only delay it


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