Dancing in the Rain.
On the window.
Two fat raindrops
Calling me out.
Bang, bang, bang
“Come out and play.”
Tries to pull me back
To the accounts
Waiting to be balanced
On the side of my desk.
I open the door
And the sky
Flashes its greeting
The battle is won
And out I go.
And the rain pats
My bare shoulders.
And I sigh
Raising my face
The same caress.
Washes another worry
Music starts to play
In my head
And my feet
Start to dance.
Weigh me down
Clinging to my legs.
Off they come.
Spotlights my ever more
Shouts in applause.
Crash, bang, crash,
Flash and boom.
The crescendo finally climaxes
And I leap into the lake.
Black envelopes me.
I allow myself to sink.
For a second enjoying death.
Lightning calls me back
And I burst to the surface again
Joyous to be alive.
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