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When God Walks in Casually

Updated on August 13, 2010


Rain stormed across I-90, sheeting the air

with a glad, intemperate pounding.

In the Berkshires the weather was in impish riot.

Red taillights danced. On the wet pavement

white dashes blinked, defining the lanes.

The Blandford rest stop offered a refuge.

I pulled in to wait out the capricious deluge.

In the noon dusk my umbrella pushed at the flood above.

I ducked into a refreshment room to squint

at machines of coffee, soda, and snacks.

A woman stood choosing, dollar in hand.

Splashing in, a man stamped the wet off his shoes.

“Dark in here!” Spoke tender, like he had kids at home.

I nodded. I had accepted the dark,

assuming no power to banish it.

He checked around, flipped a switch,

and chanted cheerfully, “Let there be light!”

The woman turned in pleased surprise.

I grinned, said. “I’m awed.”

And it wasn’t just the control

he’d exerted over the dark.

He had related with strangers met by chance

as he would with family, like we belonged.

You want such a man as the dad next door,

sure your neighbor is lucky with a lover

who looks for the switch that lights her.

I placed coins for cookies, though the sweetness

that would keep me alert the rest of the drive

was of the divine.

The rain was letting up. We went three ways.

When God walks in casually, you can’t keep him.


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    • triciajean profile image

      Patricia Lapidus 5 years ago from Bantam, CT

      Thank you, Sonya. Glad to have this connection with you.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      You are a gifted poet, I'm glad to find you here.

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      Patricia Lapidus 7 years ago from Bantam, CT

      Thanks, Amanda. It can be hard to let someone go, even a stranger, when you realize how precious he is. And yet...

      So thanks for getting it. :)

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      Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

      I like this very much, Triciajean. 'when God walks in casually, you can't keep him', that's a great line!

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      I love this...gave me a smile....very well written. :)

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      amillar 7 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Whether light comes from a stranger, a deity or from a poet, it's always welcome - until sleep is required more.