Saved by Death

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forest downpour heard
first in the treetops

i picture a cinematic
rain of arrows

or maybe small frogs
like the two in the road earlier

one still moving
the other just bones and wasps

i took picture after picture
on my phone which now

rests like a joey
in a dry pocket

soon the gravel road
is two torrents

and i am a turtle hunched
under poncho and umbrella

and half a heartbeat
behind the flash of lightning

a deafening crash
up where i would’ve walked

had i not stopped for death
and taken pictures

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