in a heartbeat

it takes just a second:

eyes locking, smiling, an incandescent glow

 

and then somewhere

there is a flash of light

and a hurried, agitated flurry

of electrons

 

yes, it’s lightning

but it’s something deeper than that

it’s beneath the skin

on a cellular level

and it floods the veins

 

did you know some flowers

only bloom at night,

or release their fragrance

in the absence of sunlight?

 

they say salmon swim upwards,

against a waterfall,

to have children and then die.

the cost of survival is a death-defying act

that defies physics

and reasoning

 

that’s why some people

are still alive

after being lightning-struck

 

love is an act of rebellion

against the certainty of death

 

the heart will stop beating

when we come within the presence of the right one —

it’s all chemistry, really —

but for the force of our will

we press on

 

ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump

 

this beat is of our own doing.

we dance at the edge of oblivion

and everything else in creation

 

we expel our very being into the darkness

because we are not flowers

but fish caught in the current

of a gigantic cosmic stream

 

the deeper we swim

the closer we seem to get

to the source of all this water,

outside all this science,

past through all these tired metaphors

and into that which makes no sense,

and all within the span of mere seconds

 

ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump

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