Five and a half hours (a poem)

Thanks to a weekend of heavy rains, I found myself unable to get home the other night, as the freeway was blocked by a mudslide, and all the alternate routes were either closed due to flooding or essentially unpassable due to traffic accidents.

Everybody smiles
but everybody dies

The silence in between is hard

Thoughts no longer have to scream to be heard
but haven’t mastered the art
of speaking softly

Wires in the circuitry
don’t know how to let go
of the tension they’ve absorbed

Electrons no longer dance
but bounce off the walls

The lights in the distance
are not moving

Nobody has died
but the smiles are fading

(17 November 2021)

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