Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CLAP OF THE HEART

Monday morning—4:30…
While making coffee…
FLASH
A bright light all around me...
Dear God!
Stroke?
Eye flash?
Car headli—
BOOM
My heart literally jolted in my chest…
Dear God!
Terrorist attack?
Armageddon?
Then all was quiet.
I stood there shaking…
What in the hell?
It turned out to be…
A lightning bolt and a thunder clap….
That’s it, that’s all…just a big one of each…
And soft rain.
But before I could discern all that…
My mind raced…
What next?
I’ve heard that when people die…
Their life plays out before them…
But that’s their past….
They’ve already done it so they can see it.
But at that moment…
I didn’t see my past…
My future played out before me.
Though I couldn’t see it…
I felt it…
A sadness of things yet to be…
My grandkids growing up...
Me, a published author…
My retreat up and running.
And then…
KAPOW
I thought struck me...
What if this lightning bolt and thunder boomer…
Was my wake-up call?
Get your ass in gear, girl!
Get this move to Mexico finalized!
Do what you have to, to make that future reality.
Get those submissions out…
Figure out your marketing for that retreat…
And…
Only one spiced chai tea with whipped cream a day…
Before your rear is too fat to fit in an airplane seat…
And you won’ be able to see your grandkids graduate!
So?
Ever have a wake-up call?
What was it?

Always, Em-Musing

5 comments:

Anne Gallagher said...

My call was when the tornado hit the house a few years back. I didn't know what it was, but I knew we were in trouble. And stupid me, went upstairs and WATCHED it hit the house. I realized then that at any moment sh*t can fall from the sky and I'm done. So I live my life the way I want and don't care what anyone else thinks.

Em-Musing said...

Yup, that was one helluva wake up call.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha no I've never had something that dramatic. My wake-up calls usually happen when I spot something disturbing in my thoughts. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, nothing as dramatic. I think the lightning zapped you.

Sarah Nicolas said...

Really loud thunder freaks me out! every since I was a little girl. My grandma used to tell me "Thunder won't hurt you" so I started hiding under the covers chanting "thunder won't hurt ya, thunder won't hurt ya."

But wake up calls? Not any big ones. I feel like I have one almost every time I watch a TED video