I think a light just went out somewhere (a poem)

A moment.

I felt the telltale fluctuation in the atmosphere
along with the sudden loss of light
in the corner

Agent Smith is wearing down Morpheus
while Neo and Trinity shoot their way through the lobby

I don’t think these things are connected
however, the fact that they happened simultaneously
suggests they are not entirely separate

The silence feels like a defect
a mask inherited
not chosen

a mask itself masked
by the sound of my breathing
reverberating in the chambers of my skull

I haven’t seen the stars for a while…

(23 July 2017)