Monday, October 03, 2005

Unction

Remembered impulse-
instinctual
child-like obedience
to tilt the head
and swallow
when thunder calls.

First published in "The Oak," April 1997

3 comments:

Jo Janoski said...

How true...and well expressed...learned obedience under fire.

Scheherazade said...

I did love this for its simplicity and yet the complex psychology revealed with the thunderous vision at the end.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Compact and very effective. It is almost too short to have pace - fifteen words if you don't count the hyphenation - but when it picks up at the end you get the distinct impression of it.