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    • I Am Struck by Lightning
    • The shaft of my old umbrella
    • becomes a sudden lightning rod.
    • My retinas flash yellow,
    • and my spine sparks like God's electric cord,
    • charging the stack of ceramic spools,
    • blasting the back of my skull.
    • I drop my books, the flaming umbrella spins away,
    • and like a chimney missing bricks,
    • smoking and haloed with pale flame,
    • I shudder, start to stagger, lurch
    • and finally tumble in the ditch,
    • where my blackening skin boils the muddy water into steam.
    • Muscle pulls against tight muscle,
    • screwing eyes, tighter,
    • grinding teeth to splinters.
    • I'm an inferno now,
    • a writhing seizure of fire.
    • The dull roar doesn't mask the crack and pop of stinking cartilage,
    • nor are the faces of the gawking passers-by veiled by heat mirage.
    • I see them. They see me,
    • a fallen angel,
    • sin thrown down from heaven.
    • I Am Struck by Lightning Images licensed via Creative Commons. • ra64 • John L. Conn • Fanch • Steven Meyer-Rassow • Bart Cayusa • Richard Masoner • Jason Fraser • Thomas Hawk • Ali Nishan • Curious Expeditions • Carlos • DCE • • Joe Flintham Jon Truran • Joshua Rappeneker • Yours Truly • Sascha • Karl-Ludwig Poggemann • punk27fay • julkastro • PacoCT • Steve Wall • Paul Kalkbrenner Poem by Bart Everson, 1988