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Wet pavement hissing
Crackling under fast moving tread
Last whispers of the storm
Seen faintly to the east
Smeared on a black speckled night
My gaze shifts across the horizon
Through the dying sounds of thunder
Above, the amber glow of city street lamps
Shielding my eyes from civilization
My mind tosses a line to the heavens
There, I am home
A tiny spot of light
Its familiar dance; our star
A gentle guide to the past
My lips part with a soft pop
As I suck the last memory from cool moist air
The warm sigh that follows
Reminding me you are forever gone
Wading through the vast shadows of space
I search for a glimpse of your possible journey
A hope that you are alright
My neck aching, stiff from desperation
Voice tickling my throat in defeat
"goodnight, then"
Arms dangling helpless
I turn to go inside
A kick to damp gravel in the drive
Discouraged, alone
Tiny hairs in my ears prickle with excitement
A sensation so sorely missed
I hear you!
My head snaps around throwing me off balance
Overhead, a burning, brilliant
Spitting SHOOSH of fire
Streaks across the sky
My soul screams with excitement
"I see you!"
Eyes focusing tightly quickly fill with liquid
An uncontrollable ball of laughter
Squeezes through clamped jaws startling me
Peace, shimmering down from the dazzling stream
Envelops my entire being
Comforting, assuring my hopeful mind
Tapping my senses on the shoulder
Caressing my forehead
"I'm okay," he said,
"I am home"

Poem ID: 31168   Poem Posted: 5/2/2000
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Copyright , April 28,2000, Shauna Diane Ervin  all rights reserved by the author.
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