Do you see the flag quiver in the breeze, next to the pole; do you see the frayed threads gently brushing along its side?
I peek between the curtains of my window. I see nothing that would alarm me, no branches bending, no fronds careening across the street, no tumbleweeds caught beneath the undercarriage of a car. I stand and watch the flag move up and down, back and forth, assuming my world was secure, nothing to worry me. I was out of harm's way.
Yes, I wanted to believe, but then
I was taken by surprise, again.
A leaf flutters to the ground, and then rises up, higher and higher, it is a sense of what may come; it’s taken away, this leaf, and calm changes to chaos; the earth begins to vibrate, and a long, slow rumbling descends from the sky.
I’m vigilant, but more than surprised
How fast you intensified
The air and rain batter my window pane with unseen force, attempting to drive my world apart and did I not tell you, never come back, you hold my pose, you mock me with the wave of a flag.
I cannot stand here and watch, but I cannot walk or run away for fear of being hurled, taking me again and again, away from my world.
You deceived me
I believed in you
Am I never to be free?