Electricity fills this heavy afternoon
with the aftertaste of a copper coin
and leaves a bitter puckering,
a thirst for freshness.
Birds swoop in manic dives,
in-flight fuelling on insects
under high pressure, shocked
into a brief low-level existence.
Earth opens her pores and
releases her oldest odour.
Distant sounds carry with eerie
clarity, disturb equilibrium,
infuse numbed senses with
a hint of imminent danger.
The valley holds its breath….
except for the rabbits
coupling in apocalyptic frenzy,
drawing comfort from everyday activities
the last day;
trying desperately to increase
their species survival statistics
as the end of the world approaches.
Until, at the last moment,
even they seek sanctuary.
The air trembles, and stretches, and
shatters into sharp light, jagged
particles ripping normality
tracing a pattern too large
to be understood here, at local level;
explodes into magnetic sound
so loud as to be utterly silent
here, at ground zero,
where the nerve centre receives a signal
from eardrums too shocked to comprehend,
via a brain in the process of liquation.
The valley is frozen in space, in time,
isolated in white stroboscopic light,
suspended inside living sound,
naked within a force of creation.
In an instant,
in a quick blink:
it never happened.
The pressure lifts, and heavy
drops of rain wash the air clean.
The thoughtful earth drinks deep.
Memory stirs like an unshared dream,
filed away for now.
For now the earth hums,
the stream sings,
the trees drum,
and the rabbits dance.