Phantom Lightning

It shocks you.

It runs through your body.

And time halts,

and you st(oh)p.


Oh my, the ‘what ifs.’

Like lightning;

lighting up the sky

just for a second

when everything

is light

and my heart

stands bright

looking up

to see the outline

over the night,

only to find




If only I might.


It’s an echo;

an empty sound wave,

a phantom light,

jolting my pulse

over a raven night sky

reviving my past

and sowing doubt

at long last.


September 8, 2017

-C. Bauxa


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