Dogs 2006

AFTER THE CRASH
(12/26/06)


there is a moment
directly following
a car wreck
when a new
and absolute silence
pervades the
vicinity

as if
the thunderclap
of horrendous collision
blasts away
any stale silences
hanging there
from past
interims
of noise

preceding it all
the lightening strike
of coincidental karma
leaves the atmosphere
charged with change
and a smell
of incertitude
cleaning the routine
from the day

this rarefied air
persists only
for an instant
before humans
begin their
clamor
anew

smoke rises

screaming rings

the quiet
between catastrophe
and first reflex
of response
is where
the truth lives