Tuesday, December 27, 2016

tenuous, fragile, fleeting

disasters lie in wait

just below the bustle of normalcy,
potential disasters just wait
to have their number called,

the great Chimney Tops 2 Fire
erupted from seemingly nowhere:
a Black Swan event,

disease can all of a sudden
lay waste to constancy,

at a deep level I fear the atom bomb,
as a little kid I remember being told
I need to wear a dog tag
so they could identify me after the bombs hit,

now I’m closing in on 70,
and normalcy seems tenuous, fragile, fleeting,

in the night I can awaken
into the fear just below. 

by Henry H. Walker

December 23, '16

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