she was hiding. Furtive and bare-skinned.
Deep in the dark
when the thunder came.
she cowered. Burrowed into shapeless corners.
Humming off key beneath her breath
as cymbals crashed.
A shock of fire burst against her skin
As the dark exploded
Through fiery hands reaching and vulgar tongues of flame
Lungs burning. Heart bursting.
Blinding light rent the shadows.
she saw the cliff’s edge.
knees to chin.
she tumbled. Pell-mell and silent
Through layers of smoke and ash
till the chaos gave way.
she uncurled. In the comforting roar
she gave herself over to the wind
She watched. the roiling blackness shrink
In the distance.