A Veteran’s Day dedication to the men and women who have served and are serving our nation in the military.
Clouds slip silently across the sky.
A leaf stirs. Then another.
They beckon the fallen,
To circle up
For an Indian Summer dance.
A gentle gust rustles.
Rising on a wish, floating on a dream.
Watch them soar.
Suddenly, they are
Ominous nimbi screech to a heavenly halt.
Two-mile pile-up in the sky.
Despair spills rain below.
A laser light exposes my silhouette
Targeting me instantly.
My senses activate
Calling me outside the lines.
I’m off, no wait, I’m not…
Fear finds my feet.
Don’t know where to run.
The ground growls again,
I determine to resist
The open escape route.
A wonder world of white.
Taunts me to linger in the danger.
My “want to” wants to,
But the storm has me in its sights.
“Get to safety!”
My hurried heart thumps.
Up the hill ~ take the hill.
Faster, driving faster.
A wall of water races toward me.
Lightning lacerates a limb.
Can’t go back, too afraid to go on.
Joining the flood is the only way through the storm.
Debris spins on invisible strings
Reaching down from the sky,
The finger of God pointing at me.
Not me, please not me.
“Take that hill.”
Hit the accelerator
Race through the backwash.
Peace in the face of ferocious beauty.
The storm now rages below me.
I climb higher. You draw near.
We sit in quiet stillness
Timing the seconds between heaven’s contractions.
Thunderbolts cut chasms in the canopy above
Forever severing life’s umbilical cord.
Smoke rises from a transformer.
Not afraid now…
“C’mon, take me higher.”
Watch me soar,
Suddenly, I am
Thank you to my family who has served this country since the Revolutionary War.
Copyright 2016, Donna A. Tallman